“disposed of” and “disposed off”

When you get rid of someone or something, you normally say “disposed of”, not “disposed off”. “Disposed off” is unacceptable.

* I want to know how the murderer disposed of the bodies.

In informal contexts, when you say that you disposed of someone, what you mean is that you killed him. Perhaps you hired someone to do the killing.

* The don asked his hit man to dispose of his former accountant.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, Feb 7, 2005

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