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
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v dispose of

Get rid of these old shoes!”
“The company got rid of all the dead wood”
Synonyms:
remove
Types:
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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

v do away with

Synonyms:
abolish
Antonyms:
establish, found, launch, set up
set up or found
Types:
cashier
discard or do away with
abrogate
revoke formally

v 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)
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
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

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