One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(With the) a personal rejection or rebuff, especially insensitively or unceremoniously conveyed; the abrupt breaking off of a (romantic) relationship; frequently in "to give (a person) the big E" = to give (a person) the elbow.
1970s. From big + the initial letter of elbow, after to give (a person) the elbow.
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