kick to the curb

idiomatic phrase

: to rid oneself of (someone or something) in a summary way
He just got kicked to the curb from a team with Super Bowl aspirations.Jared Mueller
Well, a year done and another starting. Time to purge the negative and kick it to the curb.Dale Merrill
especially : to end a romantic relationship with (someone) in an abrupt and often callous way
The Smiths were also going through a rough patch and had separated. "I was done with you," Will said. "You kicked me to the curb," Jada replied. Laura Zornosa

Examples of kick to the curb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything but author, translator, and title was kicked to the curb. Bradley Babendir,, 14 Sep. 2023 Oregon State peaking right as it gets kicked to the curb feels unjust. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2023 All the men are kicked to the curb except for a vaguely humanoid robot donning a baseball cat. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2023 The shutdown resulted in numerous bands and small businesses on the bill — including local artists and global acts such as the Strokes — kicked to the curb. Thania Garcia, Variety, 11 Aug. 2023 Even their ex-coach, working in the desert clear across the country, figured his old team was poised for an extended run, only to see a 3-1 series lead turn into another Game 7 kick to the curb. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 13 July 2023 The grandest of all seasons was unceremoniously kicked to the curb, the rowdy full-house crowd dropping into pin-drop silence. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kick to the curb was in 1984

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“Kick to the curb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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