Definition of get rid of in US English:

get rid of

phrase

  • Take action so as to be free of (a troublesome or unwanted person or thing).

    • ‘Injected in small doses under the skin, it gets rid of wrinkles.’
    • ‘How to get rid of this pest without the use of chemicals?’
    • ‘While we did get rid of a bad dictator, the results are hardly encouraging.’
    • ‘Physically, you must get rid of clutter (yes, have a wastebasket handy).’
    • ‘Can you advise on the best way of getting rid of the smell?’
    • ‘I've been trying to get rid of the smoke smell too.’
    • ‘Get rid of clutter on countertops and closets or on window sills.’
    • ‘Perhaps you should dig it up, getting rid of all the roots, and try something else as a windbreak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The annual event is held to get rid of rubbish on Orkney's beaches.’
    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 out
    destroy, abolish, eliminate, banish, annihilate, obliterate, wipe out, kill
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