Definition of show someone the door in US English:

show someone the door

phrase

  • Dismiss or eject someone from a place.

    • ‘So if squatters happen to move in before he can resell his investment, he simply shows them the door with a baseball bat.’
    • ‘Griffiths said: ‘The backbone of any army is its non-commissioned officers and it has always struck me as strange that they are shown the door at 40 when many would want to keep going.’’
    • ‘He said: ‘His entire annuity went in one day, his wife of 20 years showed him the door, it broke down his marriage, many of his so-called friends and hangers-on deserted him and he is now living in rented accommodation.’’
    • ‘On Tuesday, the chief executive was shown the door.’
    • ‘Desperate and confused, he is shown the door by his ex-wife.’
    • ‘With teeth bared, he orders me off the premises, insisting, as he shows me the door, that he is not in any way being hostile.’
    • ‘They took one look at me and showed me the door.’
    • ‘The men, either out of resentment or a sense of propriety, were outraged and showed him the door.’
    • ‘One minute Dan was in there, the next he was shown the door.’
    • ‘Popular but underachieving players were shown the door.’
    drive out, expel, force out, throw out, remove, remove from office, remove from power, eject, get rid of, depose, topple, unseat, overthrow, bring down, overturn, put out, drum out, thrust out, push out, turn out, purge, evict, dispossess, dismiss, dislodge, displace, supplant, disinherit, show someone the door
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