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Definition of riddance

1 : an act of ridding
2 : deliverance, relief often used in the phrase good riddance especially to express relief that someone or something has gone

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the riddance of all the fleas from the house was a relief to everyone concerned
Recent Examples on the Web What all three scenarios agree on is this: There is virtually no chance Covid-19 will end when the world bids good riddance to a calamitous 2020. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis," 1 May 2020 This means saying good riddance to that candy bowl in the family room and the cookie stash in your home office. Amy Gorin, NBC News, "How to design your kitchen for weight-loss success," 30 Nov. 2017 Colorado State, Lamar, Arkansas State, Southeast Missouri State, Chattanooga and Northwestern State would disappear from the Sept. 14 SEC schedule, and good riddance. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "AL.com All-Access: SEC could have really used a 9-game schedule this year," 21 Nov. 2019 Good riddance The Chargers played their final game in Carson, Claif. BostonGlobe.com, "Browns fans fired up, but not in a good way for coaches, players - The Boston Globe," 23 Dec. 2019 Others will say good riddance to another President Barack Obama-era agreement that would only have served to cripple America’s impressive decade-long recovery from the economic depression of the global financial crisis. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Will Alabama ecosystem suffer without Paris Climate deal?," 8 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, Britons tempted to say good riddance to the single market’s frustrations should reflect on how much losing a seat at the table could cost them. The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019 Baffled By Checking Account Dear Baffled: Good riddance. cleveland.com, "Dear Annie: I think my ex-wife was swindling me before our divorce," 8 Sep. 2019 Others said good riddance, because that blower design stank anyway. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nope, AMD didn't kill its reference Radeon 5700 cards barely a month after introducing them," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of riddance

1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Riddance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riddance. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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