One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Take action so as to be free of (a troublesome or unwanted person or thing)‘we have been campaigning to get rid of the car tax for 20 years’
dispose of, do away with, throw away, throw out, toss out, clear out, discard, scrap, remove, dispense with, lose, dump, bin, unload, jettison, dismiss, expel, eject, weed out, root outdestroy, abolish, eliminate, banish, annihilate, obliterate, wipe out, killView synonyms
- ‘Injected in small doses under the skin, it gets rid of wrinkles.’
- ‘While we did get rid of a bad dictator, the results are hardly encouraging.’
- ‘Having a shave and getting rid of unwanted body hair in the heat or sauna is also supposed to be relaxing for the nerves and skin.’
- ‘Perhaps you should dig it up, getting rid of all the roots, and try something else as a windbreak.’
- ‘How to get rid of this pest without the use of chemicals?’
- ‘Can you advise on the best way of getting rid of the smell?’
- ‘Get rid of clutter on countertops and closets or on window sills.’
- ‘The annual event is held to get rid of rubbish on Orkney's beaches.’
- ‘Physically, you must get rid of clutter (yes, have a wastebasket handy).’
- ‘I've been trying to get rid of the smoke smell too.’
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