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send (one) to Coventry

To ostracize; to ignore or refuse to communicate with one, typically as a form of punishment. Primarily heard in UK. When I refused to help them cheat, the other students sent me to Coventry.
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send someone to Coventry

refuse to associate with or speak to someone. chiefly British
This expression, which dates from the mid 18th century, is thought by some to stem from the extreme unpopularity of soldiers stationed in Coventry, who were cut off socially by the citizens. Another suggestion is that the phrase arose because Royalist prisoners were sent to Coventry during the English Civil War, the city being staunchly Parliamentarian.
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send somebody to ˈCoventry

(British English) refuse to speak to somebody, as a way of punishing them for something they have done: Joe worked all through the strike, so when it was over, the other workers sent him to Coventry.This may come from the English Civil War when the city of Coventry was a strong supporter of Parliament. Supporters of the King who were taken prisoner were sometimes sent there.
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Neil Willis, of Cramlington, Northumberland, writes: "During the English Civil War, Coventry was a strong Parliamentarian town and Royalist soldiers captured during the early battles in the Midlands would be sent to Coventry.
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David wrote: "Being sent to Coventry dates back to the English Civil War when Royalist prisoners were sent there.
MR and Mrs Twit found themselves sent to Coventry - literally this week - when Roald Dahl's classic children's tale opened at the Belgrade Theatre in the city.
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Being sent to Coventry is normally associated with a penance of silence to be paid for sins committed.
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FILMING has started for the pilot episode of reality TV show Sent To Coventry.
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Ten characters aged 18 to 65 have been chosen to star in a 15-minute pilot episode of Sent To Coventry, a Sky Blue version of shows like The Only Way Is Essex.
Sent To Coventry producers said only a handful of over-60s auditioned earlier this month for the pilot episode.