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    Default idioms meaning "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship"

    Hi everybody,

    There are some idioms with the sense "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship":

    To give someone walking papers;
    To give someone marching orders;
    To send someone packing/ flying/ about his business/ to the right about;
    To show someone the door.

    How often are they used/ heard in your country?

    Do you know another idiom with this meaning?

    Many Thanks to everyone!

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    Hi everybody,

    There are some idioms with the sense "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship":

    To give someone walking papers;
    To give someone marching orders;
    To send someone packing/ flying/ about his business/ to the right about;
    To show someone the door.

    How often are they used/ heard in your country?

    Do you know another idiom with this meaning?

    Many Thanks to everyone!
    I know the above but I wouldn't say they are common here.
    When you get dismissed from your job you got fired or you got canned. These two are probably the most common ones.

    Not a teacher.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship"

    There are some idioms with the sense "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship":
    To give someone walking papers;
    To give someone marching orders;
    To send someone packing/ flying/ about his business/ to the right about;
    To show someone the door.
    How often are they used/ heard in your country?


    Olenek.
    In my experience these are the more commonly used among the examples you give.
    To give someone (their) marching orders.
    To send someone packing.
    To show someone the door.

    I think you are asking about dismissal from a job or business relationship, rather than something more general like: To give them the brush off/cold shoulder/short shrift/bum's rush that sort of thing.
    And so:
    To give someone the sack.
    To fire someone.
    To give them the boot.

    ... in Australia you sometimes hear, "He/She/They gave me the flick", which often means simply to be rejected but I've heard it used to mean sacked.

    Note: "To send someone flying" usually means to knock or bump them so hard that they stagger away or fall over. You can also send a coffee cup or chair flying in the same way.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship"

    to sever the relationship:

    to dump someone (usually this is used for a romantic relationship but you can dump friends too)

    you can also "kick them to the curb"

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship"

    Quote Originally Posted by SanMar View Post
    I know the above but I wouldn't say they are common here.
    When you get dismissed from your job you got fired or you got canned. These two are probably the most common ones.

    Not a teacher.
    If You dismissed someone, you would fire him (or her).
    I wonder, how it will sound in the second variant?

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    If You dismissed someone, you would fire him (or her).
    I wonder, how it will sound in the second variant?
    You can them.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship"

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    You can them.
    Thanks, Freezeframe!
    I'm so trained to use "Can" as a Modal Verb that this phrase sounds strange enough for me.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "to dismiss, to send away, to sever relationship"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    Thanks, Freezeframe!
    I'm so trained to use "Can" as a Modal Verb that this phrase sounds strange enough for me.

    can - definition. American English definition of can by Macmillan Dictionary

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