give (one) the big e(redirected from give them the big e)
give (one) the big e
To summarily spurn, dismiss, or reject one. The phrase is a shortening of "give (one) the big elbow," meaning the same. Jonathan has had a broken heart ever since Pat gave him the big e. Management promptly gave the new accountant the big e after his miscalculation cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. They'll give me the big e if they ever find out I wasn't sick on those days I called out.
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give someone the big ereject someone, typically in an insensitive or dismissive way. British informal
The e in the phrase is from elbow : give someone the big elbow has the same meaning.
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