Kiss off

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Kiss off is an idiom that may not be as old as you think. We will examine the meaning of the idiom kiss off, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

To give someone the kiss off means to dismiss him contemptuously, to rudely and abruptly exclude someone from your social circle. Kiss off is used as a noun or a verb, related phrases are kisses off, kissed off, kissing off. The idiom kiss off is 1930s slang, though its origin is unclear. It may be related to gangster culture. It may be related to giving someone a goodbye kiss with the intention of never seeing that person again. The idiom kiss off is sometimes seen with a hyphen, as in kiss-off.


Powers returned to the North Carolina hometown he kissed off, moved in with his brother’s family and became a substitute gym teacher at his old middle school. (Chicago Tribune)

It’s the sort of bold kiss-off that one might expect from a tough-guy hard rock band, but here, it feels as much like cursing the heavens as cursing an ex. (The Charleston Post and Courier)

Whether she was vowing to an ex that she’s “never gonna take you back” in the kiss-off “Violins” or dissecting the notion of beauty in the vulnerable ballad “Pretty Shiny Things,” Ashton proved irresistible. (Rolling Stone Magazine)

A city judge kissed off a complaint Monday against an Uber driver accused of anti-gay bias for ejecting two smooching women from his car. (The New York Daily News)