One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be dismissed or ejected ignominiously.
- ‘I've been having a bit of a laugh with a few of the regulars at the pub about who I'm going to let in if there's a disaster and who is out on their ear.’
- ‘At the rate he is going, it looks like his strategy could backfire and he could soon be out on his ear.’
- ‘I think in both those cases he might well be out on his ear.’
- ‘And then at the end of the season, his contract expires and if he has not done enough to convince the coaches that he can operate at this level, he could be out on his ear.’
- ‘Why bother putting myself into this incredibly precarious occupation where I could be out on my ear within a year or two?’
- ‘In due time the supporters, media, and players, it seems, turned against him, and he was out on his ear as the team headed for a summer tour in the US.’
- ‘She was out on her ear because she misled the public.’
- ‘In Ireland, meanwhile, you can be out on your ear within 28 days and your rent can rise by as much as your landlord likes.’
- ‘We've lived together for the past two years and certainly if I don't ask her within the next couple of years I'll be out on my ear.’
- ‘Anyone who creates any problems is out on his ear.’
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