One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rude or abrupt dismissal, especially from a job or romantic relationship.
rejection, refusal, rebuff, dismissal, spurning, repudiation, repulse, turndown, discouragementView synonyms
- ‘The last verse is also, inexplicably enough, a tonally inconsistent kiss-off.’
- ‘I asked to be subscribed to the group's mailing list and got a kiss-off.’
- ‘Kiss-offs come in many forms but they're still kiss-offs, even if they're unstintingly polite and bear the seal of the Worcester district attorney.’
- ‘In the song, Jones confesses that she's humiliated herself in a bad relationship, so by its conclusion I was expecting a great kiss-off.’
- ‘Around 12.30 am, George announced that the time had arrived… time for the big kiss-off.’
- ‘But Williams isn't just writing a bunch of bitter kiss-offs here.’
- ‘He asked his board of directors for a $20 million kiss-off, but it's not known if they agreed.’
- ‘When Federico attempts to leave Sam's service, he is brutally relieved of his gift by a sorrowing, Sicilian-style kiss-off.’
- ‘She can't do cold or aloof; even her kiss-off songs sound like come-ons.’
- ‘Smith's Leeds kiss-off should not be a surprise to anyone’
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