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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!
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Ragos said he personally saw Dayan give the bag of money to De Lima.
Add shredded coconut to the swai fillets and give the bag a good shake to coat the fish with the coconut.
Give the bag itself a good clean - or better still, use this as an excuse to treat yourself to a new handbag
Give the bag a good shake and keep in the salad drawer of the fridge.
The stores give the bags to the Bellingham Food Bank, Lighthouse Mission, Nooksack Valley Food Bank, Ferndale Food Bank, Blaine Food Bank, Southside Food Bank and Project Hope.
The Reading Circle will give the bags to people who buy books from its fundraising stall at the June Fair in Huddersfield on Sunday.