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  • noun Forcible ejection from a place.

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  • noun slang, idiomatic Forcible ejection from an establishment, as of a bum (hobo).


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The phrase dates back to 1910 (US).


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  • "Yet now he thought that Gunnarsson had not only been unfair but vindictive. Canned and out on his ear after five minutes' conversation - the bum's rush."

    - 'Windfall', Desmond Bagley.

    January 6, 2008

  • Also part of the title of Public Enemy's first album.

    January 6, 2008