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Jun 25, 2008
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deadman's hand
yeoman's service
bum's rush
devil's advocate
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with Anu Garg

bum's rush

PRONUNCIATION:
(bumz rush)

MEANING:
noun: A forcible ejection from a place.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the allusion to a bum being swiftly kicked out of a place.

USAGE:
"Anyone who has dealt with [Don] Givens will attest to his courtesy once he is treated courteously himself. But when given the bum's rush by swaggering footballers or asked legitimate questions, the courtesy turns to prickliness and his own ego becomes evident."
Dion Fanning; Ireland's New Broom Will Have a Major Cleaning Job; Irish Independent (Dublin, Ireland); Jan 27, 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

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