rid (someone or something) of

phrasal verb

rid (someone or something) of; ridding (someone or something) of; rids (someone or something) of
: to cause (someone or something) to no longer have or be affected by (someone or something unwanted)
The police are trying to rid the town of drug dealers.
rid the garden of pests

Examples of rid (someone or something) of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the meeting Trump reportedly also promised to get rid of other current regulations that energy companies have lobbied against. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 9 May 2024 Still, his decision to get rid of home rule in a state that values small government and is one of the hottest states in the nation took some local officials aback and infuriated outdoor workers and their advocates in some of the hottest regions of the state. Kate Cimini, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 The stickers on the memorial were removed and crews were working to get rid of the spray paint. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 8 May 2024 Some people peel fruits and vegetables to get rid of pesticide residue. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2024 The aim: to get rid of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 Some activists in the area, including Earth Justice and Florida Rising, want to get rid of the incinerator altogether. Ashley Miznazi, Miami Herald, 7 May 2024 Glamping is about the desire to get rid of nature’s inconveniences. Charlie Hobbs, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 May 2024 One man explained to Reddit his emotional attachment to a plant his girlfriend was asking him to get rid of. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 1 May 2024

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“Rid (someone or something) of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rid%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20of. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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