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relieve sb of sth

verb uk phrasal verb with relieve   /rɪˈliːv/ us  

(TAKE)

C2 formal to take from a person something that they are carrying, in a helpful or polite way: May I relieve you of that heavy bag? humorous to steal something from someone: The pickpocket delicately relieved him of his wallet.

(END JOB)

C2 [usually passive] formal to remove someone from their job or position because they have done something wrong: Following the scandal, he was relieved of his post as deputy finance minister. The committee's chairperson is to be relieved of her duties. The general was relieved of his command in 1941.
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