In Sling Blade (1996), Karl visits his father after a long time:

Karl: I studied on killing you. I studied about it quite a bit. But I reckon there's no need for it if all you're gonna do... is sit there in that chair. You'll be dead soon enough. And the world'll be shut of you.

What does "world'll be shut of you" mean? Closest phrase I know is "Shut someone out". This one here is different.

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    Possibly a mis-spelling or phonetic spelling of "shot of you"?
    – IMSoP
    Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 15:24
  • It's not actually a "mis-spelling" - people deliberately enunciate both shot AND shut for this idiomatic usage. But British English massively favours shot, and it's primarily a BrE usage anyway (though when Americans do use it, they're just as likely to go with shut as with shot). Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 16:08

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'to be or get shut of someone or something' is a variant of 'to be or get shot of someone or something'. It means to be rid of the person or thing.

I was glad to be shut of my old car. It was always in the garage.

get shut of in British English or get shot of

to get rid of

Get shut of (Collins Dictionary)

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