elbow out of and elbow out
elbow (one) out
To pressure someone to depart something, such as a job. After working here for 40 years, there's no way I'm letting management elbow me out!
elbow (one) out of (something)
To pressure someone to depart something, such as a job. A: "I think management is trying to elbow me out of my position!" B: "Well, you have worked here for 40 years."
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elbow someone out of something and elbow someone out
Fig. to force or pressure someone out of something, such as an office, post, or status. The board managed to elbow out the old head of the company. They tried to elbow me out, but I held on to what was mine.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.