give (one) the bag

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give (one) the bag

1. For one's romantic partner to abruptly reject or abandon one. I loved Mary so much and thought she loved me—I never expected her to give me the bag and then move halfway across the country!
2. To dismiss someone from a job; to fire one. I can't believe the boss gave me the bag after five years on the job!
See also: bag, give
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He gave the bag to the servant, who was then in the room; sat down at the piano, and played the air of the lively Neapolitan street- song, "La mia Carolina," twice over.
" 'I know what I 'm about,' and to show her that it was all right, I gave the bag a little shake, when out flew the nuts, rattling like a hail-storm all over the uncarpeted floor.
Evangelista gave the bag a new look by hand-painting a profile of a woman with brown hair and red hearts.
The miscreants came on bikes and pointed a gun at him, out of fear he gave the bag of valuables to them".
The creative director then introduced a new closure in the shape of a small intrecciato leather knot and gave the bag its name.
"Why didn't drug enforcement officers apprehend that man [the alleged informant] who gave the bag to my client?
He said: "John gave the bag along with other things to his uncle Charlie at various times and this is one particular piece that the vendor bought from Charlie."
When she heard the trio had been arrested, she allegedly gave the bag of loot to a Turkish friend to keep inside her house.
I would have felt guilty keeping it." The pair flagged down a Flathead County deputy sheriff who was driving by at the time and gave the bag and its contents to him.
Officers defused another device at a Sainsbury's in nearby Ruislip after a middle-aged man gave the bag to check-out staff.
In turn, Salahuddin said he gave the bag to two men-Reynaldo Apilado and his nephew Agub Apilado-and told them to leave the bag at the arrival area of the airport.
He claimed a man in Pakistan gave the bags of tobacco to him and asked him to deliver them to someone in Bahrain.