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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Last night, millions of BBC viewers watched 24-year-old Amy competing with Francesca in the sing-off - only for Andrew Lloyd Webber to give her the elbow.
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