Definition of send someone packing in English:

send someone packing


  • Make someone leave in an abrupt or peremptory way.

    ‘the intrusive outsider is humiliated by the kids and sent packing by the mother’
    • ‘If someone can't deal honestly with you, send them packing.’
    • ‘His side's attitude must be right or they will be sent packing.’
    • ‘And if they don't shape up, you will do all you can to send them packing.’
    • ‘The judge bought the excuse though and sent him packing with nothing but a warning.’
    • ‘The driver learnt his lesson and whenever ticketless passengers tried to board later in the journey he sent them packing and drove off without them.’
    • ‘Fortunately, they and I realized I wasn't ready to settle down and they sent me packing.’
    • ‘Club chiefs denied that Jeffs had been sent packing for disciplinary reasons - though they did admit his behaviour had not been perfect.’
    • ‘The pensioners sent them packing with a threat to call the police.’
    • ‘When we were bored, I would take my gang along to dad's shop, play with his vast selection of nails and knives and generally bother him until he sent us packing.’
    • ‘I can send them packing but I have elderly neighbours who may not be able to do that so easily.’
    expel, send away, eject, turn out, throw out, force out, oust, evict, put out, get rid of
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