give someone the bum's rush

give (one) the bum's rush

1. To hastily and forcefully remove someone from a place. Likened to the ejection of a vagrant (a "bum") from a place. The bartender gave us the bum's rush after Joe started drunkenly insulting him.
2. To peremptorily or abruptly dismiss someone, due to a failed or rejected plan, idea, or performance. The board of directors gave me the bum's rush when I suggested that managers should face a pay cut alongside the other employees.
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give someone the bum's rush

If you give someone the bum's rush, you reject them or get rid of them. He has said he doesn't like journalists, but he's much too nice to give anyone the bum's rush. Note: You can also say someone gets the bum's rush. He was a TV hero last year — but he still got the bum's rush. Note: A bum is a person who has no permanent home or job, and very little money. This expression refers to a bum being thrown out of a place by force.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

give someone (or get) the bum's rush

1 forcibly eject someone (or be forcibly ejected) from a place or gathering. 2 abruptly dismiss someone (or be abruptly dismissed) for a poor idea or performance. chiefly North American
1 1998 Spectator When…James Cameron wrote an uproariously funny piece about the hotel's iniquities…he was promptly given the bum's rush.
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