give someone the air

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give someone the air

Also, give someone the brush off or the gate or the old heave-ho . Break off relations with someone, oust someone, snub or jilt someone, especially a lover. For example, John was really upset when Mary gave him the air, or His old friends gave him the brush off, or Mary cried and cried when he gave her the gate, or The company gave him the old heave-ho after only a month. In the first expression, which dates from about 1920, giving air presumably alludes to being blown out. The second, from the first half of the 1900s, alludes to brushing away dust or lint. The third, from about 1900, uses gate in the sense of "an exit." The fourth alludes to the act of heaving a person out, and is sometimes used to mean "to fire someone from a job" (see get the ax). All these are colloquialisms, and all have variations using get, get the air (etc.), meaning "to be snubbed or told to leave," as in After he got the brush off, he didn't know what to do.
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After Sam Burgess turned his back on the code to return to league, England head coach Stuart Lancaster was given the old heave-ho mere days later.
AFCU argues that the bankers played dirty by waiting until they would have no (presumably lower-priced) competition before giving the credit union the old heave-ho.
IT was no surprise to see Martin Jol given the old heave-ho by Fulham.
In November, after a 4-3 defeat to Wimbledon in front of 6,221 at Selhurst Park, Atkinson got the old heave-ho.
Last week he kicked Michelle into touch (albeit temporarily - providing she'll have him back again) in an attempt to make Tracy give Ryan the old heave-ho.
He gives all notions about slippers and armchairs the old heave-ho as he puts on running shoes, or gets in the saddle or the pool for a punishing training schedule.
I bet they'll dry up when he gets the old heave-ho.
From there, it was back to safety of the Sox's sanitary facilities for some more of the old heave-ho.
Tomorrow there's an Open Quoits tournament and a Thricey Sunflower Competition, plus the bar "penny pile" will get the old heave-ho for charity.
Once dad hands over his holdings, they give him the old heave-ho.
The whole storyline, from their getting together, his resignation and her family fallout, is completely ludicrous and I for one can't wait until scriptwriters decide it's time for the doc to give her the old heave-ho.
And he illustrated the point perfectly with two goals in the space of three minutes to give Crystal Palace the old heave-ho in their big holiday derby.
Meanwhile, DaimlerChrysler is giving the old heave-ho to one of its icons, the sexy, but slow-selling Plymouth Prowler hot rod.
95 studded blue collar and apply myself to giving him the old heave-ho into the tub, half-filled with TICK OFF-fortified warm water.
You never know when you'll have to discipline one of your employees or give 'em the old heave-ho.