give (one) the bag

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give (one) the bag

1. To reject or abandon one's romantic partner abruptly. I loved Mary so much and thought she loved me too—I never expected her to give me the bag and then move halfway across the country!
2. To dismiss someone from a job. I can't believe the boss gave me the bag after five years on the job!
See also: bag, give
References in classic literature ?
He gave the bag to the servant, who was then in the room; sat down at the piano, and played the air of the lively Neapolitan street- song, "La mia Carolina," twice over.
I know what I 'm about,' and to show her that it was all right, I gave the bag a little shake, when out flew the nuts, rattling like a hail-storm all over the uncarpeted floor.
Why didn't drug enforcement officers apprehend that man [the alleged informant] who gave the bag to my client?
In turn, Salahuddin said he gave the bag to two men-Reynaldo Apilado and his nephew Agub Apilado-and told them to leave the bag at the arrival area of the airport.
He said: "John gave the bag along with other things to his uncle Charlie at various times and this is one particular piece that the vendor bought from Charlie.
When she heard the trio had been arrested, she allegedly gave the bag of loot to a Turkish friend to keep inside her house.
The pair flagged down a Flathead County deputy sheriff who was driving by at the time and gave the bag and its contents to him.
Officers defused another device at a Sainsbury's in nearby Ruislip after a middle-aged man gave the bag to check-out staff.
I haven't finished the book yet, but the biggest lesson I've already learnt is to refuse things: plastic bags, junk mail, free gifts from conferences and children's party bags (yes, that was rather awkward initially, but when I explained my reasoning to other parents, most of them seemed to understand, and many said that they only gave the bags out themselves because they felt obliged to).