send to Coventry

send to Coventry
send to Coventry chiefly Brit. refuse to associate with or speak to. [ORIGIN: perhaps from the unpopularity of royalist soldiers or prisoners quartered in Coventry (sympathetic to parliament) during the English Civil war.]
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  • send to Coventry — To ostracize, esp to refuse to talk to • • • Main Entry: ↑Coventry …   Useful english dictionary

  • Send to Coventry — To send someone to Coventry is a British phrase meaning to ostracise somebody,specifically to not talk to them.It was sometimes used as a way of punishing people who,for example,would not join a strike in a factory for better pay and conditions.… …   Wikipedia

  • send to Coventry — send (someone) to Coventry British, informal if a group of people send someone to Coventry, they refuse to speak to them, usually in order to punish them. The other workers sent him to Coventry for not supporting the strike …   New idioms dictionary

  • send to Coventry — verb To ostracize, or systematically ignore someone. The group decided to send the unpopular members to Coventry …   Wiktionary

  • To send to Coventry — Coventry Cov en*try (k?v en tr?), n. A town in the county of Warwick, England. [1913 Webster] {To send to Coventry}, to exclude from society; to shut out from social intercourse, as for ungentlemanly conduct. {Coventry blue}, blue thread of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • send to Coventry — seize, repossess, confiscate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • send to Coventry — (smb) to refuse to speak to someone as a sign of disapproval or punishment. Source: (Arakin 4, 77) …   Idioms and examples

  • send to Coventry — idi to ostracize …   From formal English to slang

  • send — ► VERB (past and past part. sent) 1) cause to go or be taken to a destination. 2) cause to move sharply or quickly; propel. 3) cause to be in a specified state: it nearly sent me crazy. ● send down Cf. ↑send down ● …   English terms dictionary

  • Coventry (disambiguation) — Coventry is a city in the West Midlands, England. It may also refer to: Contents 1 Engineering 2 Places 3 People 4 Objects 5 …   Wikipedia

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