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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.]
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              Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand
              of the wicked.                        --Ps. lxxxii.
                                                    4.
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     2. To free; to clear; to disencumber; -- followed by of. "Rid
        all the sea of pirates." --Shak.
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              In never ridded myself of an overmastering and
              brooding sense of some great calamity traveling
              toward me.                            --De Quincey.
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     3. To drive away; to remove by effort or violence; to make
        away with; to destroy. [Obs.]
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              I will red evil beasts out of the land. --Lev. xxvi.
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              Death's men, you have rid this sweet young prince!
                                                    --Shak.
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     4. To get over; to dispose of; to dispatch; to finish. [R.]
        "Willingness rids way." --Shak.
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              Mirth will make us rid ground faster than if thieves
              were at our tails.                    --J. Webster.
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     To be rid of, to be free or delivered from.
  
     To get rid of, to get deliverance from; to free one's self
        from.
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