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kiss-off

[ kis-awf, -of ]
/ ˈkɪsˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun
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.
Billiards, Pool. kiss (def. 12).
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Origin of kiss-off

First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase kiss off
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British Dictionary definitions for kiss-off

kiss off
/ slang, mainly US and Canadian /

verb
(tr, adverb) to ignore or dismiss rudely and abruptly
noun kiss-off
a rude and abrupt dismissal
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

Other Idioms and Phrases with kiss-off

kiss off

1

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

2

Be forced to give up or regard as lost, as in You can kiss off that promotion. [Slang; late 1940s]

3

Get out, go away, as in She told the reporters to kiss off. [Slang; early 1990s]

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