send (one) to the showers

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send (one) to the showers

To remove one from a particular situation for poor behavior or performance. Likened to an athlete being removed from a game and sent to the locker room (where one typically showers after the game is over). Coach will send you to the showers if you can't control your temper.
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send someone to the showers

 and send someone to the locker room
Fig. to order a player from the playing field, thus ending the player's participation for the day. The coach had sent four players to the showers before the end of the game. He was angry enough to send them all to the locker room.
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send someone to the showers

AMERICAN
If you send someone to the showers, you stop them playing a game or taking part in an activity because of their bad behaviour or poor performance. Viewers will vote online about what should happen in events they're watching, such as whether certain pitchers should be sent to the showers. Investors should consider various factors before sending a manager to the showers. Note: You can also talk about a trip to the showers with the same meaning. So what did Clemens say to earn his early trip to the showers? Compare with an early bath. Note: In baseball and other sports, players who are sent off cannot return to the field and so can take a shower before the game is finished.
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send someone to the showers

fail early on in a race or contest. North American informal
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MARTIN O'Neill flinched when he saw what his players were doing in training yesterday - and immediately sent them to the showers.