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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: rythja 'to clear land'

rid

2 verb
     
rid2 past tense and past participle rid, present participle ridding

rid somebody/something of something

phrasal verb
to take action so that a person, place etc is no longer affected by something bad or no longer has it [↪ overcome]:
a promise to rid the country of nuclear weapons
Will science finally rid us of this disease?
rid yourself of something
He struggled to rid himself of his fears.

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