get rid of

To get rid of something is to throw it away or otherwise dispose of it. You may need to get rid of the garbage stinking up your kitchen, or you may need to get rid of your annoying neighbor during your backyard BBQ.

When you get rid of clothes that don't fit you, you might give them to a friend or donate them to a charity. If you have to get rid of your guinea pig, you'll want to find her a new home or take her to the local shelter. Sometimes get rid of is used to mean "kill" or "abolish," the way a gangster gets rid of an enemy or a senator gets rid of an archaic law.

Definitions of get rid of
  1. verb
    dispose of
    Get rid of these old shoes!”
    “The company got rid of all the dead wood”
    synonyms: remove
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    cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out
    throw or cast away
    slough off
    discard as undesirable
    comb out, weed out
    remove unwanted elements
    work off
    cause to go away through effort or work
    cull
    remove something that has been rejected
    ditch, dump
    sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly
    unmuzzle
    remove the muzzle from (a dog)
    de-aerate, deaerate
    remove air or gas from
    decaffeinate
    remove caffeine from (coffee)
    decarbonate
    remove carbon dioxide from
    decerebrate
    remove the cerebrum from (a human body)
    dechlorinate
    remove chlorine from (water)
    defat
    remove the fat from
    defibrinate
    remove fibrin from (blood)
    degrease
    remove grease or oil from (a pan)
    deionize
    remove ions from
    delist
    remove (a security) from listing at a stock exchange
    delocalize
    remove from the proper or usual locality
    deoxygenate
    remove oxygen from (water)
    destain
    remove stain from (a laboratory specimen) to enhance contrast
    desulfurize, desulphurize
    remove sulfur from
    detick
    free (a pet) of ticks
    devein
    remove the dark dorsal vein of (a shrimp)
    fettle
    remove mold marks or sand from (a casting)
    flesh
    remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture
    flense
    strip the blubber or skin from (a whale or seal)
    kern
    remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters)
    pith
    remove the pith from (a plant)
    scum
    remove the scum from
    unbridle
    remove the bridle from (a horse or mule)
    unlearn
    discard something previously learnt, like an old habit
    deep-six, give it the deep six
    toss out; get rid of
    jettison
    throw away, of something encumbering
    junk, scrap, trash
    dispose of (something useless or old)
    waste
    get rid of
    dump
    throw away as refuse
    retire
    dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
    abandon
    forsake; leave behind
    liquidize, sell out, sell up
    get rid of all one's merchandise
    de-access
    dispose of by selling
    close out
    terminate by selling off or disposing of
  2. verb
    do away with
    synonyms: abolish
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    establish, found, launch, set up
    set up or found
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    cashier
    discard or do away with
    abrogate
    revoke formally
  3. verb
    terminate, end, or take out
    synonyms: do away with, eliminate, extinguish
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    cancel out, wipe out
    wipe out the effect of something
    decouple
    reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)
    decouple
    eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)
    annihilate, obliterate
    do away with completely, without leaving a trace
    knock out
    eliminate
    drown
    get rid of as if by submerging
    cut out
    delete or remove
    cut, prune, rationalise, rationalize
    weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
    extinguish, snuff out
    put an end to; kill
    except, exclude, leave off, leave out, omit, take out
    prevent from being included or considered or accepted
    excise
    remove by cutting
    stamp
    destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot
    elide
    leave or strike out
    put out, smother
    deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion
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    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
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