out on (one's) ear(redirected from out on their ear)
out on (one's) ear
Removed from a place or situation, especially a place of employment, often unceremoniously. After 10 years of loyal service to that company, I'm out on my ear just because the new manager doesn't like me. Come on, we've been sitting here chatting for far too long. Let's finish our drinks before the restaurant puts us out on our ear.
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out on one's ear
Dismissed, thrown out in disgrace, as in In this company you get only one chance, and if you fail you're out on your ear. This term alludes to being physically thrown out head first. [Slang; early 1900s]
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out on your earBRITISH, INFORMAL
If you are out on your ear, you have been suddenly made to leave a course, job, or group. I'd failed the first year exam in the History of Art. I had to pass the re-sit or I'd be out on my ear. I never complained. I'd have been out on my ear looking for another job if I had.
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out on your eardismissed or ejected ignominiously. informal
1997 Accountancy At the age of 47, he found himself out on his ear, victim of Lord Hanson's policy of taking over companies…and replacing senior management.
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