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good riddance (to bad rubbish)

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase good riddance (to bad rubbish)

Meaning

You can say this after someone you dislike or are angry with has gone.

For example

  • After Danny had gone home, Joel said, "Good riddance. What a jerk!"

  • As the police took away some anti-gay thugs who'd attacked him, Harvey yelled, "Good riddance to bad rubbish!"

Quick Quiz

"Good riddance!" she said after her boyfriend had gone. They'd just

a. had a fight

b. had a cuddle

c. had a lovely time

Contributor: Matt Errey