give someone the bum's rush

give someone the bum's rush

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you give someone the bum's rush, you reject them or get rid of them. He has said he doesn't like journalists, but he's much too nice to give anyone the bum's rush. Note: You can also say someone gets the bum's rush. He was a TV hero last year — but he still got the bum's rush. Note: A bum is a person who has no permanent home or job, and very little money. This expression refers to a bum being thrown out of a place by force.
See also: give, rush

give someone (or get) the bum's rush

1 forcibly eject someone (or be forcibly ejected) from a place or gathering. 2 abruptly dismiss someone (or be abruptly dismissed) for a poor idea or performance. chiefly North American
1 1998 Spectator When…James Cameron wrote an uproariously funny piece about the hotel's iniquities…he was promptly given the bum's rush.
See also: give, rush
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