[ kis-awf, -of ]
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  1. Slang. an act or instance of dismissing a person or thing: The company is about to give you the kiss-off, so you'd better start looking for another job.

  2. Billiards, Pool. kiss (def. 12).

Origin of kiss-off

First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase kiss off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for kiss off

kiss off

/ slang, mainly US and Canadian /

  1. (tr, adverb) to ignore or dismiss rudely and abruptly

  1. a rude and abrupt dismissal

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Other Idioms and Phrases with kiss-off


Dismiss or reject, as in He kissed off their offer. This usage alludes to kissing something goodbye [Slang; c. 1900]

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