Coventry


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Cov·en·try 1

 (kŭv′ĭn-trē)
A city of central England east-southeast of Birmingham. Famous as the home of Lady Godiva in the 11th century, Coventry was severely damaged in air raids during World War II (November 1940).

Cov·en·try 2

 (kŭv′ən-trē)
n.
A state of ostracism or exile: "It's not that smoke-filled rooms are back; smokers huddle in Coventry these days" (Flora Lewis).

[After Coventry1England (possibly from the sending of Royalist prisoners there during the English Civil War).]

Coventry

(ˈkɒvəntrɪ)
n
1. (Placename) a city in central England, in Coventry unitary authority, West Midlands: devastated in World War II; modern cathedral (1954–62); industrial centre, esp for motor vehicles; two universities (1965, 1992). Pop: 303 475 (2001)
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a unitary authority in central England, in West Midlands. Pop: 305 000 (2003 est). Area: 97 sq km (37 sq miles)
3. send to Coventry to ostracize or ignore

Cov•en•try

(ˈkʌv ən tri, ˈkɒv-)

n.
a city in West Midlands, in central England. 337,000.
Idioms:
send to Coventry, to ostracize.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Coventry - the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)Coventry - the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent); "the association should get rid of its elderly members--not by euthanasia, of course, but by Coventry"
exclusion - the state of being excluded
2.Coventry - an industrial city in central England; devastated by air raids during World War II; remembered as the home of Lady Godiva in the 11th century
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Translations

Coventry

[ˈkɒvəntrɪ] N to send sb to Coventry (Brit) → hacer el vacío a algn

Coventry

[ˈkɒvəntri] n
to send sb to Coventry (= ostracize) → mettre qn en quarantaine

Coventry

n to send somebody to Coventry (Brit inf) → jdn schneiden (inf)

Coventry

[ˈkɒvntrɪ] n to send sb to Coventry (fig) → dare l'ostracismo a qn
References in classic literature ?
Mell said - seemed to send me to Coventry by general acclamation, and to cry out, each in his own way, 'Take care of him.
Coventry Central, the pivot of the English system, stabs upward once in ten seconds its spear of diamond light to the north; and a point or two off our starboard bow The Leek, the great cloud-breaker of Saint David's Head, swings its unmistakable green beam twenty-five degrees each way.
My father had a small factory at Coventry, which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling.
He is in the Midland Electrical Company, at Coventry.
For a stake of one sovereign he undertook to run all the way to Coventry and back, a distance of something more than forty miles.
These are the York, the Chester, the Wakefield, and the Coventry cycles.
She was brought up a Methodist, and during her girlhood was fervently evangelical, in the manner of Dinah Morris in 'Adam Bede'; but moving to Coventry she fell under the influence of some rationalistic acquaintances who led her to adopt the scientific Positivism of the French philosopher Comte.
In fact, the solemn assembly, a levy of the School, had been held, at which the captain of the School had got up, and after premising that several instances had occurred of matters having been reported to the masters; that this was against public morality and School tradition; that a levy of the sixth had been held on the subject, and they had resolved that the practice must be stopped at once; and given out that any boy, in whatever form, who should thenceforth appeal to a master, without having first gone to some prepostor and laid the case before him, should be thrashed publicly, and sent to Coventry.
Polonius, of Coventry Street, and that gentleman never applied for their restoration, but they retired into a little private repository, in an old desk, which Amelia Sedley had given her years and years ago, and in which Becky kept a number of useful and, perhaps, valuable things, about which her husband knew nothing.
During the business talk which had just come to an end this girl had been making her way up the side street which forms a short cut between Coventry Street and the Bandolero, and several admirers of feminine beauty who happened to be using the same route had almost dislocated their necks looking after her.
You are the Hand they have sent to Coventry, I mean?
When they stopped to change at Coventry, the steam ascended from the horses in such clouds as wholly to obscure the hostler, whose voice was however heard to declare from the mist, that he expected the first gold medal from the Humane Society on their next distribution of rewards, for taking the postboy's hat off; the water descending from the brim of which, the invisible gentleman declared, must have drowned him (the postboy), but for his great presence of mind in tearing it promptly from his head, and drying the gasping man's countenance with a wisp of straw.

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