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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Take a hint and give him the elbow Dear Alex, I'VE been seeing my boyfriend for a month.
Chas becomes the latest lady to give him the elbow, as she explains she's only standing in the way of him meeting someone more suitable.
And after a stormy telephone call with her lover minutes before she went on air this week, she decided to give him the elbow.
Diane is unsettled by Mack's promise of commitment and decides the only option is to give him the elbow.
Having given up on the limited overs game he will now be concerned the England selectors could give him the elbow for the Second Test at Nottingham in 11 days time.
First to give him the elbow was 25-year-old French schoolteacher Celine Balitran, with whom the former television doctor had been sharing his Hollywood mansion for the past three years.
And whenever he snores I give him the Elbow In his ribs.
More than four out of ten said they would stick by him until he stepped down then, give him the elbow.
The friend said: "It was an attempt to give him the elbow, but they didn't want to be seen to do that by the general public.
WORCESTER 25 BATH 19 WORCESTER boss Gary Gold was in no mood to gloat - despite putting one over a club who give him the elbow and ruining their season.
With a title challenge and European interest still alive, Liverpool cannot afford to give him the elbow immediately.