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Definition of bum's rush

noun Slang.
forcible and swift ejection from a place: When they began to cause a disturbance, they were given the bum's rush.
any rude or abrupt dismissal: He gave the pesky salesman the bum's rush.
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Origin of bum's rush

First recorded in 1920–25

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British Dictionary definitions for bum's rush

bum's rush

noun slang
forcible ejection, as from a gathering
rapid dismissal, as of an idea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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bum's rush

Forcible ejection, abrupt dismissal. For example, When Henry started shouting, the bouncer gave him the bum's rush, or Within hours of being fired, Alice was given the bum's rush. This idiom uses bum in the sense of “a vagrant or tramp.” [Slang; early 1900s]

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