show (one) the door

show (one) the door

1. Literally, to accompany someone to the exit from a room or building. (Sometimes words as "show someone to the door.") Thank you so much for coming in for the interview. John, would you please show Mr. Porter the door? Sir, if you don't calm down, I'm afraid I'll have to show you to the door.
2. By extension, to fire someone from a job. I'll let you off with a warning this once, but if you ever show up to work smelling of alcohol again, I'll show you the door so fast it will make your head spin.
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show someone (to) the door

 and see someone to the door
to lead or take someone to the door or exit. After we finished our talk, she showed me to the door. Bill and I finished our chat as he saw me to the door.
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show someone the door

Order someone to leave, as in I never should have listened to him; I should have shown him the door at once. This expression, first recorded in 1778, is not the same as show someone to the door (see under show someone out).
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show someone the door

dismiss or eject someone unceremoniously from a place or from your presence.
1991 Michael Curtin The Plastic Tomato Cutter Mr Yendall , would you credit I had applicants who scorned the wages? I showed them the door.
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show (someone) the door

Informal
1. To eject (someone) from the premises.
2. To terminate the employment of; fire.
See also: door, show