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Rid, vb. (partic. rid, impf. not used), 1) to make away with, to dispatch, to destroy: “kill me outright with looks and r. my pain,” Sonn. 139, 14. “the red plague r. you,” Tp. I, 2, 364. “I am the king's friend and will r. his foe,” R2 V, 4, 11. “willingness --s way,” H6C V, 3, 21 (== annihilates). “as you have r. this prince,” V, 5, 67.
2) With from or of, == to free, to clear, to deliver “to r. us from the fear,” H6B III, 1, 234. R3 IV, 2, 78. “to r. her from this second marriage,” Rom. V, 3, 241. “r. me these villains from your companies,” Tim. V, 1, 104. “to r. me of this shame,” Lucr. 1031. “r. the house of her,” Shr. I, 1, 150. “till the father r. his hands of her,” Shr. I, 1, 150 R2 IV, 325. V, 4, 2. H4B I, 2, 226. Ant. II, 6, 36. V, 2, 42.
Partic. rid, adjectively, with of, == clear of, free from, having a thing or person off one's hands: Meas. III, 1, 174. Ado III, 3, 31. Shr. IV, 2, 49. Tw. IV, 2, 73. Wint. III, 3, 15. R2 III, 2, 96. H6A IV, 7, 94. R3 IV, 1, 87. Troil. IV, 5, 164. Tim. IV, 3, 323. Caes. III, 2, 75. Lr. V, 1, 64. Per. IV, 6, 5. “r. on't,” Mcb. III, 1, 114. Per. IV, 6, 16. Of omitted: “this Gloster should be quickly r. the world,” H6B III, 1, 233.
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