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
good riddance, say many—but such distinctions have brought us things like, you know, medicine.
good riddance, I thought, and I didn't plan on ever coming back.How 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming' Taught Me It's OK to Love My Hometown | Justin Green | April 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He's clearly a troubled man, but he's also a gonif and a loser, so good riddance to him.
Michael C. Moynihan says good riddance to the failed pontiff.Good Riddance, Benedict! Why the Pope was a Moral Failure | Michael Moynihan | February 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gavron argues that Barak was a disaster as a politician and a strategist, and therefore good riddance.
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