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Difference between Deliver someone from something and Deliver someone of something

deliver someone from something—(formal)

1. save or rescue a person from smth.:

  • They armed to deliver him from prison. Crowds had gathered … loud in their outcries for mercy.

2. free a person from some problem or responsibility:

  • Chilperic was delivered from the necessity of inventing any new expedient.

deliver someone of something — = deliver someone from something 2:

  • He was looking for someone to deliver him of his burdensome responsibility.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase deliver oneself of something—express one’s thoughts, views, etc.:

  • After I had delivered myself of this ponderous thought, conversation turned into pleasant channels again.