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When you need to delete a post programmatically what wp function do you use so that if takes care of the wp_term_relations too?

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You're looking for wp_delete_post.

$some_post_id = 1;

The above will delete the post with ID 1 -- well, it will actually set it to a "trash" status. You can delete the post for real by setting the second parameter of wp_delete_post to true.

$some_post_id = 1;
wp_delete_post($some_post_id, true); // really deletes the post
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