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send someone packing
Fig. to send someone away; to dismiss someone, possibly rudely. I couldn't stand him anymore, so I sent him packing. The maid proved to be so incompetent that I had to send her packing.
send somebody packing
to tell someone to go away There were some kids at the door asking for money, but I sent them packing. He got caught cheating on the test and was sent packing.
Usage notes: often said about someone you are annoyed with
send somebody packing(informal)
to tell someone to go away, usually because you are annoyed with them There were some kids at the door asking for money, but I sent them packing.
To dismiss (someone) abruptly.