give (someone) the elbow

Definition of give (someone) the elbow

British, informal

  1. :  to tell someone to go away She gave her boyfriend the elbow after he lied to her.

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

elbowplay
  1. :  the joint of the human arm

    :  a corresponding joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate

    :  something (as macaroni or an angular pipe fitting) resembling an elbow

  1. :  to push with the elbow :  jostle

    :  to shove aside by pushing with or as if with the elbow

    :  to force (as one's way) by pushing with or as if with the elbow


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