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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How to use good riddance in a sentence

  • 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
  • Simmy Gordon, the village cut-up, said hit was a cheap funeral fer Ugly en good riddance.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • Mebbe it'll die fightin', same's he did, and I never'll hear no more from it,—and a good riddance.

    Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
  • He went on to declare with that loud voice of his that the death of Lopez was a good riddance of bad rubbish.

    The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
  • good riddance of bad rubbish, as can't help making a beast of itself.

    Workhouse Characters | Margaret Wynne Nevinson