|—vb , rids, ridding, rid, ridded|
|2.||get rid of to relieve or free oneself of (something or someone unpleasant or undesirable)|
|[C13 (meaning: to clear land): from Old Norse rythja; related to Old High German riutan to clear land]|
get rid of
Also, be rid of. Eliminate, discard, or free oneself from. For example, It's time we got rid of these old newspapers, or He kept calling for months, but now we're finally rid of him. The first expression dates from the mid-1600s, the second from the 1400s. Also see get out of, def. 5.