tr.v. rid or rid·ded, rid·ding, ridsIdiom:
To cause (someone) to be free from something; relieve or disencumber: He was finally able to rid himself of all financial worries.
get rid of
To rid oneself of (something); discard or get free of: Let's get rid of that broken chair.
[Middle English ridden, probably from Old Norse rydhja, to clear land.]
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