One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Said to express relief at being free of an unwanted person or thing.‘good riddance to all the fanatical hangers-on’‘as for the '70s, good riddance’
- ‘She said: ‘I know some people would say good riddance, but I knew him and liked him, and I was very sad to hear of his death.’’
- ‘As far as the community is concerned, it's good riddance - nobody wants dealers around raves.’
- ‘Great Britain - the one in which everyone spoke English and school days began with the Lord's Prayer - has been dead for 30 years - and good riddance to it.’
- ‘The other nations here shed no tears when the United States announced it was leaving; if America chooses not to take part in a global debate on racism, they reasoned, then good riddance.’
- ‘According to Randy Ferguson, senior vice president of Westcorp Properties, the restrictive covenant Safeway holds so dear is nearly extinct - and good riddance.’
- ‘So having packed up all our stuff at Lorraine's yesterday morning, and bid farewell (or good riddance, depending on your point of view) to Timmy and Oscar, we've managed to make it a grand total of five miles across town.’
- ‘From the start of the new football season I will be one of trillions of fans who say good riddance to ITV's ‘The Premiership’ and welcome back ‘Match of the Day’ with open arms.’
- ‘So, you might say, good riddance to an insular, unproductive class.’
- ‘Another neighbour said: ‘I hope she has gone and good riddance.’’
- ‘It wasn't simply that macho man was gone and good riddance to him, he was a puffed-up balloon anyway - but that men did not seem to know what to do with themselves.’
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