give someone the air

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give someone the air

Also, give someone the brush off or the gate or the old heave-ho . Break off relations with someone, oust someone, snub or jilt someone, especially a lover. For example, John was really upset when Mary gave him the air, or His old friends gave him the brush off, or Mary cried and cried when he gave her the gate, or The company gave him the old heave-ho after only a month. In the first expression, which dates from about 1920, giving air presumably alludes to being blown out. The second, from the first half of the 1900s, alludes to brushing away dust or lint. The third, from about 1900, uses gate in the sense of "an exit." The fourth alludes to the act of heaving a person out, and is sometimes used to mean "to fire someone from a job" (see get the ax). All these are colloquialisms, and all have variations using get, get the air (etc.), meaning "to be snubbed or told to leave," as in After he got the brush off, he didn't know what to do.
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You could experience joy after lots of aggravation, despite getting the old heave-ho.
Believe it or not, this is the same person who recently gave you the old heave-ho.
AFCU argues that the bankers played dirty by waiting until they would have no (presumably lower-priced) competition before giving the credit union the old heave-ho.
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Last week he kicked Michelle into touch (albeit temporarily - providing she'll have him back again) in an attempt to make Tracy give Ryan the old heave-ho.
Autolycus (a dazzling quicksilver turn by Hamish Linklater), the rogue servant who is given the old heave-ho by his royal master for his wicked ways, cuts a cute figure when he's forced to live by his wits in the forest of Bohemia.
I bet they'll dry up when he gets the old heave-ho.
From there, it was back to safety of the Sox's sanitary facilities for some more of the old heave-ho.
Once dad hands over his holdings, they give him the old heave-ho.
The whole storyline, from their getting together, his resignation and her family fallout, is completely ludicrous and I for one can't wait until scriptwriters decide it's time for the doc to give her the old heave-ho.
The New York Times gave its stand- alone "A Nation Challenged" section the old heave-ho New Year's Eve.
And he illustrated the point perfectly with two goals in the space of three minutes to give Crystal Palace the old heave-ho in their big holiday derby.
95 studded blue collar and apply myself to giving him the old heave-ho into the tub, half-filled with TICK OFF-fortified warm water.
You never know when you'll have to discipline one of your employees or give 'em the old heave-ho.
He's constantly shifted out wide and when it doesn't work, then he gets the old heave-ho.