send someone to coventry






send someone to coventry

refuse to associate with or speak to someone – chiefly British

This expression which dates from the mid 18th century is thought by some to stem from the extreme unpopularity of soldiers stationed in Coventry who were cut off socially by the citizens. Another suggestion is | that the phrase arose because Royalist prisoners were sent to Coventry during the English Civil War, the city being staunchly Parliamentarian.




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