give (someone) the elbow

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give (someone) the elbow

1. To spurn, jilt, or reject someone, especially a lover or romantic interest. Jonathan has had a broken heart ever since David gave him the elbow.
2. To summarily dismiss or oust someone from employment; to fire someone. Management promptly gave the new accountant the elbow after his miscalculation cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. They'll give me the elbow if they ever find out I came into work drunk yesterday.
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give someone the elbow

reject or dismiss someone. informal
The image is of nudging someone aside in a rough or contemptuous manner.
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give somebody the ˈelbow

(British English, informal) tell somebody that you no longer want to have a relationship with them: I hear she’s finally given her boyfriend the elbow.
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But days later Dan gave her the elbow and sold his story BEFORE telling Kerry herself.
Needless to say after a lot of thought and 14 weeks into the relationship, I gave her the elbow.
We cheered when he gave her the elbow and while she drowned her sorrows and became even more irritating, he smiled and breathed a sigh of relief.
And this was the same Diana who pursued Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan across two continents until he gave her the elbow.
He was once engaged to a girl I knew, but he gave her the elbow.