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The act of expelling or the state of being expelled.

[Middle English expulsioun, from Old French expulsion, from Latin expulsiō, expulsiōn-, from expulsus, past participle of expellere, to expel; see expel.]
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the act of expelling or the fact or condition of being expelled
[C14: from Latin expulsiō a driving out, from expellere to expel]
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(ɪkˈspʌl ʃən)

1. the act of expelling.
2. the state of being expelled.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin expulsiō, derivative (with -tio -tion) of expellere; see expel]
ex•pul′sive (-sɪv) adj.
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(See also REJECTION.)

the bum’s rush The forcible removal or expulsion of a person, usually from a public place, especially by lifting him by the shirt collar and the seat of his pants to a walking position and propelling him toward the door; an abrupt dismissal; the sack. The image evoked is of the way a bum, having had too much to drink, is unceremoniously “escorted” to the door of a bar. A synonymous American slang term is French walk. Eugene O’Neill uses the phrase in The Hairy Ape (1922):

Dey gimme de bum’s rush.

fire To discharge someone from a job, usually suddenly and unexpectedly. This expression derives from fire in the ballistic sense of ejecting violently and forcefully just as a bullet is fired from a gun.

He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven,
And fire us hence like foxes. (Shakespeare, King Lear, V, iii)

get (or give [someone]) the sack To be dismissed, fired, or expelled. This expression may have originated from the ancient Roman custom of eliminating undesirables by drowning them in sacks. Figuratively, the phrase often implies that the grounds for a person’s dismissal are justifiable.

If … the solicitor by whom he was employed, had made up his books, he [the plaintiff] would have been “sacked six months ago.” (Daily Telegraph, 1865)

give [someone] running shoes To discharge an employee; to end a business association; to jilt a suitor. The figurative use of this expression implies that the dismissed person should make a speedy departure.

go fly a kite Go away; get lost; buzz off. Similar to other trite insults (such as go jump in the lake, go play in traffic, and dry up and blow away), go fly a kite is used as a command, usually issued with disdain, ordering someone to leave. Whereas the contemptuous element of the other phrases is transparent, precisely why flying a kite should carry the same scorn remains puzzling. Attempts to relate go fly a kite with fly a kite (see SWINDLING) are unconvincing.

go peddle your papers Get lost, scram, don’t bother me. This imperative put-down implies that the person addressed, suited only for trifling pursuits, is interfering in matters of greater moment. Billy Rose used the expression in a syndicated column in 1949:

He had been told to peddle his papers elsewhere.

go to Jericho Begone; get out of here. The Biblical origin (II Samuel 10:5) of this obsolete expression concerns a group of David’s servants who, having had half their beards shaved off, were banished to Jericho until their beards were presentable. Figuratively, go to Jericho implies a command to go elsewhere and not return until physical or mental growth has occurred, or, more simply, to get lost.

He may go to Jericho for what I care. (Arthur Murphy, Upholsterer, 1758)

kick upstairs To get rid of someone by promoting him to an ostensibly higher position of greater prestige. This euphemistic expression, dating from at least 1750, implies a correlation between the importance of one’s position and the physical location of one’s office.

The plot was devastatingly simple—Dibdin was to be kicked upstairs and Albert was to take his place. (W. Cooper, Struggles of Albert Woods, 1952)

pink slip A notice of discharge from employment; notification to a worker that he has been fired or laid off. It has long been the custom of personnel departments to formally notify an employee that he is being discharged by giving him a standard letter of termination. Since such a letter is often enclosed in an envelope with the worker’s paycheck, many companies print the letter on colored (sometimes pink) paper so that it will be readily noticed.

All 1,300 employees got pink slips today. (Associated Press, May 29, 1953)

In recent years, pink-slip has sometimes been used as a verb, and its meaning has occasionally been extended to include jocular reference to interpersonal relations, such as the jilting of a sweetheart.

ride on a rail See PUNISHMENT.

send to the showers To reject; to send away or expel; also, knock out of the box. This expression originated in baseball, where a player, removed from the game because of poor performance or rudeness to the umpires, is sent to the locker-room for a shower. In contemporary usage, the phrase usually carries a mild suggestion of castigation or admonishment.

twenty-three skidoo Go away! Hit the road! Make yourself scarce! A rather implausible theory suggests that this expression developed at the turn of the century in New York City. Twenty-third Street was a favorite haunt of the city’s flirtatious dalliers, and the police reputedly dispersed these wolfish loiterers with the command “twenty-three skidoo!” The expression, which caught on in the 1920s, remains associated with that period. At that time twenty-three skidoo was more often a noncommittal greeting or an exclamation of surprise than an order of expulsion. Although general use of the term has significantly declined since its Roaring 20s heyday, it does retain some jocular use.

When she swished past, this leering beast in human form would boldly accost her with such brilliant greetings as “Oh, you kid!” or “Twenty-three skiddoo.” (Houston Post, June 14, 1948)

walk Spanish To physically eject from a public place; to bounce, force, or throw out; to give the sack. Although the exact origin of the phrase is unknown, it is said to refer to the way in which pirates of the Spanish Main compelled their captives to walk the plank. The expression appeared in February, 1815, in the American Republican (Downington, Pa.):

The vet’ran troops who conquer’d Spain,
Thought they our folks would banish;
But Jackson settled half their men, And made the rest walk Spanish!

walk the plank To be forced or drummed out of office; to be unceremoniously discharged or compelled to resign. The expression derives from the 17th century pirate practice of forcing blindfolded prisoners to walk off the end of a plank projecting from the side of the vessel in order to dispose of them.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expulsion - the act of forcing out someone or somethingexpulsion - the act of forcing out someone or something; "the ejection of troublemakers by the police"; "the child's expulsion from school"
defenestration - the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
banishment, proscription - rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
deportation - the expulsion from a country of an undesirable alien
ostracism - the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
barring, blackball - the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
ousting, ouster - the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
2.expulsion - squeezing out by applying pressureexpulsion - squeezing out by applying pressure; "an unexpected extrusion of toothpaste from the bottom of the tube"; "the expulsion of pus from the pimple"
squeeze, squeezing - the act of gripping and pressing firmly; "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze"
3.expulsion - the act of expelling or projecting or ejectingexpulsion - the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting
actuation, propulsion - the act of propelling
belch, burp, burping, eructation, belching - a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
belching - the forceful expulsion of something from inside; "the belching of smoke from factory chimneys"
coughing up - the act of expelling (food or phlegm) by coughing
spitting, expectoration, spit - the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
disgorgement, emesis, puking, vomiting, regurgitation, vomit - the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
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2. discharge, emptying, emission, voiding, spewing, secretion, excretion, ejection, seepage, suppuration the expulsion of waste products from the body
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The act of ejecting or the state of being ejected:
Slang: boot, bounce.
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إخْراج، طَرْد، إبْعاد


A. Nexpulsión f
in doing this she was risking expulsion (from school) → haciendo esto se arriesgaba a que la expulsaran
B. CPD expulsion order Norden f de expulsión
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[ɪkˈspʌlʃən] n
[asylum-seeker, diplomat] → expulsion f; [party member] → expulsion f
[pupil] → renvoi m
[thing] → expulsion fexpulsion order narrêté m d'expulsion
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n (from a country) → Ausweisung f(from aus); (driving out) → Vertreibung f(from aus); (from school) → Verweisung f(von der Schule); (of evil)Austreibung f(from aus)
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[ɪksˈpʌlʃn] nespulsione f
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(ikˈspel) past tense, past participle exˈpelled verb
1. to send away in disgrace (a person from a school etc). The child was expelled for stealing.
2. to get rid of. an electric fan for expelling kitchen smells.
expulsion (ikˈspalʃən) noun
Any child found disobeying this rule will face expulsion from the school.
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n. expulsión;
___ of the placenta___ de la placenta;
___ of the infant___ del recién nacido.
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n expulsión f
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References in classic literature ?
As, for instance, at Athens, after the expulsion of the tyrants, when Clisthenes enrolled many foreigners and city-slaves amongst the tribes; and the doubt with respect to them was, not whether they were citizens or no, but whether they were legally so or not.
"You force me to remind you," he said, "of a certain decree - a decree of expulsion passed five years ago, and of which I presume due notification was given to you."
The period of the campaign of 1812 from the battle of Borodino to the expulsion of the French proved that the winning of a battle does not produce a conquest and is not even an invariable indication of conquest; it proved that the force which decides the fate of peoples lies not in the conquerors, nor even in armies and battles, but in something else.
You heard a private conversation respecting Spanish affairs -- on the expulsion of Don Carlos.
NEVER, by a slip of the tongue, have they so much as alluded to either of their old friends, any more than Miles has alluded to his expulsion. Oh, yes, we may sit here and look at them, and they may show off to us there to their fill; but even while they pretend to be lost in their fairytale they're steeped in their vision of the dead restored.
From the cradle their children, instead of going to the Public Elementary schools (where the art of Feeling is taught), are sent to higher Seminaries of an exclusive character; and at our illustrious University, to "feel" is regarded as a most serious fault, involving Rustication for the first offence, and Expulsion for the second.
Lowell wrote me about something of mine that he had been reading: "You must sweat the Heine out of your bones as men do mercury," and his kindness for me would not be content with less than the entire expulsion of the poison that had in its good time saved my life.
The landlady, therefore, had no sooner received an intimation of the entrance of the above-said persons than she began to meditate the most expeditious means for their expulsion. In order to this, she had provided herself with a long and deadly instrument, with which, in times of peace, the chambermaid was wont to demolish the labours of the industrious spider.
They were partaking of a cold potato and water by the flickering and gloomy light of a lucifer-match, in their lodgings (rent considerably in arrear, and heartless landlady threatening expulsion 'like a dog' into the streets), when a gifted friend happening to look in, said,
England needs tranquillity at home, in order to consummate the expulsion of her king; France needs tranquillity to establish on solid foundations the throne of her young monarch.
Plan of the Salt Lake expedition Great sandy deserts Sufferings from thirst Ogden's River Trails and smoke of lurking savages Thefts at night A trapper's revenge Alarms of a guilty conscience A murderous victory Californian mountains Plains along the Pacific Arrival at Monterey Account of the place and neighborhood Lower California Its extent The Peninsula Soil Climate Production Its settlements by the Jesuits Their sway over the Indians Their expulsion Ruins of a missionary establishment Sublime scenery Upper California Missions Their power and policy Resources of the country Designs of foreign nations
"So, if I can once get in," I said to myself, "all risk of expulsion will be over!"