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crash the gate

To attend an event, such as a concert, sports match, or party, without being invited or paying to get in. That's way too much money to see them in concert, let's just crash the gate and see them on the sly! There's always a few who crash the gate at my party and end up causing trouble.
See also: crash, gate


One who attends an event, such as a concert, sports match, or party, without being invited or paying to get in. I don't mind gatecrashers coming to my parties, so long as they behave themselves. Due to the popularity of the show—and the limited amount of tickets—extra security was hired to keep any gatecrashers out of the concert.

creaking door hangs longest

 and creaking gate hangs longest
Prov. Sickly people often live longer than healthy ones. Jill: I'm worried that my grandmother may not live much longer. She's been sick for so many years. Jane: Well, if it's any comfort, I've heard that a creaking door hangs longest.
See also: door, hang, long

get the gate

Inf. to be sent away; to be rejected. I thought he liked me, but I got the gate. I was afraid I'd get the gate, and I was right.
See also: gate, get

give someone the gate

Sl. to get rid of someone. The chick was a pest, so I gave her the gate. He threatened to give me the gate, so I left.
See also: gate, give

out of the (starting) gate

at or from the very beginning out of the (starting) blocks The Jayhawks scored the first twelve points out of the gate.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of starting gate (a set of doors that open at the same time to allow horses to begin a race)
See also: gate, of, out

like a bull at a gate

if you do something like a bull at a gate, you do it very quickly Al wants to finish the shelves today so he's going at them like a bull at a gate.
See also: bull, gate, like

the pearly gates

the entrance to heaven, where some people believe you go when you die I'll meet you at the pearly gates and we can compare notes.
See also: gate, pearly

crash the gate

Gain admittance, as to a party or concert, without being invited or without paying. For example, The concert was outdoors, but heavy security prevented anyone from crashing the gate. This term originally applied to persons getting through the gate at sports events without buying tickets. By the 1920s it was extended to being an uninvited guest at other gatherings and had given rise to the noun gatecrasher for one who did so. [Early 1900s]
See also: crash, gate

give someone the air

Also, give someone the brush off or the gate or the old heave-ho . Break off relations with someone, oust someone, snub or jilt someone, especially a lover. For example, John was really upset when Mary gave him the air, or His old friends gave him the brush off, or Mary cried and cried when he gave her the gate, or The company gave him the old heave-ho after only a month. In the first expression, which dates from about 1920, giving air presumably alludes to being blown out. The second, from the first half of the 1900s, alludes to brushing away dust or lint. The third, from about 1900, uses gate in the sense of "an exit." The fourth alludes to the act of heaving a person out, and is sometimes used to mean "to fire someone from a job" (see get the ax). All these are colloquialisms, and all have variations using get, get the air (etc.), meaning "to be snubbed or told to leave," as in After he got the brush off, he didn't know what to do.
See also: air, give

the gate

n. a forced exit; sending (someone) away. (see also give someone the gate.) I could see in his eyes that it was the gate for me.
See also: gate

give someone the gate

tv. to get rid of someone. The chick was a pest, so I gave her the gate.
See also: gate, give

get the gate

To be dismissed or rejected.
See also: gate, get

give (someone) the gate

1. To discharge from a job.
2. To reject or jilt.
See also: gate, give
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Because the roads in gated communities are private, police officers do not have automatic authorization to enter and perform routine patrol functions.
Convincing residents in gated communities of the need for protecting themselves against criminal activity can present problems.
Deputies sought to apply the COPS model to four gated communities located in a larger residential development.
Immediately, the officer recognized the need to engage citizens in the four gated communities.
The assumption that private gated communities provide a recipe for forming "close-knit" groups of people who are well organized and socially committed to each other may not be accurate.
Snyder, Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States (Washington, DC: Brookings Institute, 1997).
Cantor, "Searching For New Living Arrangements: Redefining Neighborhoods: Heated Debate Over Gated Areas Reflects Rethinking of Community and Delivery of Services," The Detroit News, April 26, 1998, sec.
Blakely, "The Gated Community Debate," Urban Land Magazine, June 1999.
Wilkening, "Guarded Profits: Developers Like Economics of Gated Communities," The Florida Real Estate Journal, January 15, 1998, 1-4.
Shen, "Middle Class Homing in on Gated Enclaves: In Maryland, a New Clientele for a Fashionable Concept," The Washington Post, April 14, 1997, sec.
However, developer Bob Cristiano, whose 150-home development near Golden Valley Road and Sierra Highway will be gated, disagrees, saying the project's design will set it apart from the rest of the neighborhood.