Definition of riddance in US English:



  • The action of getting rid of a troublesome or unwanted person or thing.

    • ‘There is also a myth about the riddance of tapeworms concerning the other end of the body.’
    • ‘When riddance by bullet emerges as the most expeditious way to dispose of her husband's victims, she is eventually even prodded into becoming Clint's executioner.’
    • ‘In his 1926 book, Crooke included Hutton's tale as an example of disease riddance by passing a sealed container of contagion; he omitted the Naga storyteller's passing reference to the gift of clothing.’
    • ‘Now a time has come when the country, in order to seek the final riddance from terrorism, will have to throw aside its mutual differences and hostilities and rise as a single united force.’
    • ‘As far as environmentalists are concerned, Suarez's departure is a welcome riddance.’
    • ‘In this respect she differs from Portia of The Merchant of Venice, who says of the black Prince of Morocco, after he has failed to guess the correct casket, ‘A gentle riddance.’’
    • ‘Moksha in the theory of reincarnation means the riddance from repeated births in this world and living in a state of Bliss with God.’
    • ‘This connection was expressed in their religious behaviour, in the pattern of closely related families fighting over territory, and in their disease riddance customs.’


  • good riddance

    • Said to express relief at being free of a troublesome or unwanted person or thing.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As far as the community is concerned, it's good riddance - nobody wants dealers around raves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘According to Randy Ferguson, senior vice president of Westcorp Properties, the restrictive covenant Safeway holds so dear is nearly extinct - and good riddance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So, you might say, good riddance to an insular, unproductive class.’
      • ‘Another neighbour said: ‘I hope she has gone and good riddance.’’