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British pronunciation/sˈɛnd ˌɛsbˈiː pˈakɪŋ/
American pronunciation/sˈɛnd ˌɛsbˈiː pˈækɪŋ/
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to tell a person to leave immediately in a forceful manner

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to [send] {sb} packing definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "send someone packing" and when to use it?

The idiom "send someone packing" is believed to have its origins in the idea of sending unwanted or uninvited individuals away by literally packing their belongings and directing them to leave. While the exact historical origin is not precisely documented, it likely evolved from a straightforward and practical action in which people would be asked to gather their belongings and depart, often due to misconduct, unwelcome presence, or a failure to meet expectations. It is typically used when individuals are no longer welcome or have behaved poorly, and their presence is unwanted or disruptive.

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The homeowners were tired of the noisy neighbors and finally decided to send them packing by reporting their disruptive behavior to the authorities.
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