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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).
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).]
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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
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Cov•en•try(ˈkʌv ən tri, ˈkɒv-)
a city in West Midlands, in central England. 337,000.Idioms:
send to Coventry, to ostracize.
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|Noun||1.||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
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Coventry[ˈkɒv/əntrɪ] n to send sb to Coventry (fig) → dare l'ostracismo a qn
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