One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘all three have been sent to Coventry for not treading the party line’
ostracize, exclude, shun, spurn, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, reject, repudiate, boycott, blackball, blacklist, cast off, cast out, shut out, avoid, ignore, snub, cut dead, keep at arm's length, leave out in the cold, bar, ban, debar, banish, exile, expel
North American disfellowship
informal freeze out, hand someone the frozen mitt
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