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riddance

[rid-ns] /ˈrɪd ns/
noun
1.
the act or fact of clearing away or out, as anything undesirable.
2.
relief or deliverance from something.
Idioms
3.
good riddance, a welcome relief or deliverance from something:
He's gone, and good riddance!
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; rid1 + -ance
Synonyms
1. ouster, clearance, dislodgment.
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  • The top-down educational hierarchy is increasingly obsolete, and good riddance.
  • Good riddance, but you should see the state of the flat.
  • Mailing letters, flushing a toilet, reading the last set of proofs-all have this sweetness of riddance.
  • Good riddance to a species that eats everything else to extinction and will not control its breeding.
  • Good riddance to tunnel-visioned primate vivisection.
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  • Off camera, good riddance is usually a good bit slower.
British Dictionary definitions for riddance

riddance

/ˈrɪdəns/
noun
1.
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 riddance
n.

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).

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Idioms and Phrases with riddance

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