give (someone) the elbow

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give (someone) the elbow

1. To spurn, jilt, or reject someone, especially a lover or romantic interest. Jonathan has had a broken heart ever since David gave him the elbow.
2. To summarily dismiss or oust someone from employment; to fire someone. Management promptly gave the new accountant the elbow after his miscalculation cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. They'll give me the elbow if they ever find out I came into work drunk yesterday.
See also: elbow, give
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it's time we gave them the elbow IN MY opinion, the present government has over the past 12 years fiddled the people of this country out of millions of pounds by using their cheating ways.
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