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for To be rid of
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Rid \Rid\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rid or Ridded; p. pr. & vb.
n. Ridding.] [OE. ridden, redden, AS. hreddan to deliver,
liberate; akin to D. & LG. redden, G. retten, Dan. redde, Sw.
r[aum]dda, and perhaps to Skr. ?rath to loosen.]
1. To save; to rescue; to deliver; -- with out of. [Obs.]
Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand
of the wicked. --Ps. lxxxii.
2. To free; to clear; to disencumber; -- followed by of. "Rid
all the sea of pirates." --Shak.
In never ridded myself of an overmastering and
brooding sense of some great calamity traveling
toward me. --De Quincey.
3. To drive away; to remove by effort or violence; to make
away with; to destroy. [Obs.]
I will red evil beasts out of the land. --Lev. xxvi.
Death's men, you have rid this sweet young prince!
4. To get over; to dispose of; to dispatch; to finish. [R.]
"Willingness rids way." --Shak.
Mirth will make us rid ground faster than if thieves
were at our tails. --J. Webster.
To be rid of, to be free or delivered from.
To get rid of, to get deliverance from; to free one's self
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