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get rid of

get rid of

Date: Dec 30 2010

Themes: Celebrity


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“My New Year’s resolution is to get rid of some stuff because I bring it in and I can’t get rid of it.”

- Actress Hilary Swank on what she hopes to change about herself in the New Year.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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give or throw away; sell; lose

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Sometimes celebrities don’t seem like normal people. So it’s interesting to learn that despite being rich and famous, they still have problems just like the rest of us. Hilary Swank’s problem is getting rid of stuff. She doesn’t like to throw anything away. She has such a hard time getting rid of things that she’s made it her New Year’s resolution to be better about throwing stuff out.

When you get rid of something, you throw it away or do something else with it to get it out of your life. Often we get rid of possessions, like old clothes that don’t fit anymore or papers we’ve been holding onto for no reason. But you can also get rid of an illness, like a cold, by resting and taking good care of yourself. Or you can get rid of a stain on your clothes by washing them. In fact, you can get rid of almost anything you don’t want to keep…unless you’re like Hilary Swank.

Do you have any trouble getting rid of things? Do you have anything now that you would like to get rid of soon?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“I’m getting rid of my old tapes. Take any you’d like.”

“After Jane broke up with Steve, he got rid of all the letters and gifts she’d given him.”

“I don’t like to get rid of anything, because I’m always afraid I’ll wish I had it later.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

do away with
by Rain Forest
DreAmeR To do away with.
by DreAmeR
by Bitten by an Arab bug
Gaby313 dispose
by Gaby313
to get rid of means to fling out
by monacovalentina
masiran to throw away or destroy something you do not want any more or leave sb you don't like
by masiran
ponka Actress wants to put away or throw away things, that are unnecessary or unuseful or unwanted.
by ponka

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get rid of…  match throw away, cast away, eliminate, put away.

put away your worries!

get rid of your old shoes!

05:42 PM Dec 29 2010 |

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