To be rid of
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["a]dda, and perhaps to Skr. ?rath to loosen.] 1. To save; to rescue; to deliver; -- with out of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand of the wicked. --Ps. lxxxii. 4. [1913 Webster]

2. To free; to clear; to disencumber; -- followed by of. ``Rid all the sea of pirates.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

In never ridded myself of an overmastering and brooding sense of some great calamity traveling toward me. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

3. To drive away; to remove by effort or violence; to make away with; to destroy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I will red evil beasts out of the land. --Lev. xxvi. 6. [1913 Webster]

Death's men, you have rid this sweet young prince! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To get over; to dispose of; to dispatch; to finish. [R.] ``Willingness rids way.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Mirth will make us rid ground faster than if thieves were at our tails. --J. Webster. [1913 Webster]

{To be rid of}, to be free or delivered from.

{To get rid of}, to get deliverance from; to free one's self from. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To get rid of — 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[ a]dda, and perhaps to Skr. ?rath to loosen.] 1. To save; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be shot of — Shoot Shoot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shot}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shooting}. The old participle {Shotten} is obsolete. See {Shotten}.] [OE. shotien, schotien, AS. scotian, v. i., sce[ o]tan; akin to D. schieten, G. schie?en, OHG. sciozan, Icel. skj?ta,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • be rid of — phrase to be no longer affected by someone or something that is annoying, unpleasant, or not wanted Just give him the money and you can be rid of him. be glad to be rid of someone/​something: I’m glad to be rid of all this extra work. be well rid …   Useful english dictionary

  • be rid of — to be no longer affected by someone or something that is annoying, unpleasant, or not wanted Just give him the money and you can be rid of him. be glad to be rid of someone/something: I m glad to be rid of all this extra work. be well rid of… …   English dictionary

  • (be) rid of somebody — be ˈrid of sb/sth idiom (formal) to be free of sb/sth that has been annoying you or that you do not want • She wanted to be rid of her parents and their authority. • I was glad to be rid of the car when I finally sold it. • …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) rid of something — be ˈrid of sb/sth idiom (formal) to be free of sb/sth that has been annoying you or that you do not want • She wanted to be rid of her parents and their authority. • I was glad to be rid of the car when I finally sold it. • …   Useful english dictionary

  • be shot of someone — be shot of (someone/something) get shot of (someone/something) to get rid of someone or something. This boy has caused so much trouble that the school just want to be shot of him …   New idioms dictionary

  • be shot of something — be shot of (someone/something) get shot of (someone/something) to get rid of someone or something. This boy has caused so much trouble that the school just want to be shot of him …   New idioms dictionary

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  • be shut of — be (or get) shut of informal be (or get) rid of I d be glad to be shut of him …   Useful english dictionary

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