see the back of

Be finished with, as in I hope we've seen the back of Betsy; she is terribly rude. This idiom transfers literally seeing someone's back because they are leaving to a more figurative and permanent departure. Also see see the last of.


Nearby words

  1. see over,
  2. see reason,
  3. see red,
  4. see someone off,
  5. see stars,
  6. see the color of one's money,
  7. see the elephant,
  8. see the last of,
  9. see the light,
  10. see the light of day

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