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1. A hasty and forceful removal from a place. Likened to the ejection of a vagrant (a "bum") from a place. We got the bum's rush out of the sports bar after we started rooting for the home team's rival.
2. A peremptory or abrupt dismissal, due to a failed or rejected plan, idea, or performance. I brought up the possibility of reducing managerial pay to other employees, but that idea quickly got the bum's rush.
hurrying someone out of a place. (As someone might quickly escort a vagrant from a fancy restaurant. *Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) The young customer in the jewelry store was getting the bum's rush until he pulled out an enormous roll of bills. Bill got the bum's rush at the restaurant because he didn't have a tie on.
Forcible ejection, abrupt dismissal. For example, When Henry started shouting, the bouncer gave him the bum's rush, or Within hours of being fired, Alice was given the bum's rush. This idiom uses bum in the sense of "a vagrant or tramp." [Slang; early 1900s]
A forcible ejection. The “classical” bum's rush was a bartender or bouncer lifting the deadbeat or intruder by the back of his shirt or jacket collar and the seat of his pants and then throwing him through the tavern door. The phrase, which came into vogue around the turn of the 20th century, survives in its “throw the bum out!” incarnation.