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[rid-ns] /ˈrɪd ns/
the act or fact of clearing away or out, as anything undesirable.
relief or deliverance from something.
good riddance, a welcome relief or deliverance from something:
He's gone, and good riddance!
Origin of riddance
1525-35; rid1 + -ance
1. ouster, clearance, dislodgment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But as no junk-man came, and as no one could be found to care for its now sadly battered hulk, its good riddance became a problem.

    The Real Latin Quarter F. Berkeley Smith
  • We must use him well, but he will soon be gone, and a good riddance.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Also, most of the professors would whisper "good riddance" to themselves.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • good riddance; just see if they opened the door to her again.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • I always thought it was a good riddance to bad rubbidge when Pindar went away.

    Mrs. Tree's Will Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for good riddance


the act of getting rid of something undesirable or unpleasant; deliverance or removal (esp in the phrase good riddance)
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Word Origin and History for good riddance



1530s, from rid + -ance. Good riddance, "a welcome relief from unpleasant company or an embarrassing connection" attested from 1650s (fair riddance in same sense from 1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with good riddance

good riddance

Also, good riddance to bad rubbish. A welcome loss or departure. This expression is often used as an exclamation. For example, The principal has finally retired, and most of the teachers are saying, “Good riddance!” or When Jean decided to give up her violin her relieved family quietly said, “Good riddance to bad rubbish.”. [ Late 1700s ]


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