One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make someone leave in an abrupt or peremptory way.
expel, send away, eject, turn out, throw out, force out, oust, evict, put out, get rid ofView synonyms
- ‘His side's attitude must be right or they will be sent packing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The pensioners sent them packing with a threat to call the police.’
- ‘The judge bought the excuse though and sent him packing with nothing but a warning.’
- ‘Fortunately, they and I realized I wasn't ready to settle down and they sent me packing.’
- ‘And if they don't shape up, you will do all you can to send them packing.’
- ‘Club chiefs denied that Jeffs had been sent packing for disciplinary reasons - though they did admit his behaviour had not been perfect.’
- ‘I can send them packing but I have elderly neighbours who may not be able to do that so easily.’
- ‘If someone can't deal honestly with you, send them packing.’
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