See the back of

Be finished with, as in I hope we’ve seen the back of Betsy; she is terribly rude . This idiom transfers literally seeing someone’s back because they are leaving to a more figurative and permanent departure. Also see see the last of


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  • See the elephant

    Experience more than one wants to, learn a hard lesson; also, see combat, especially for the first time. For example, After the expedition lost two climbers in an avalanche, they had seen the elephant and turned back, or On his first tour of duty he saw the elephant. This slangy expression, first recorded in 1835, […]

  • See the last of

    End one’s dealings with someone or something, as in I hope I’ve seen the last of those boring ice shows, or We haven’t seen the last of Jerry—he’ll be back. [ Early 1800s ]

  • See the light of day

    Be published, brought out, or born. For example, I wonder if her book will ever see the light of day, or The family reunion was a disaster, and I wish the idea for it had never seen the light of day, or When we visited Pittsburgh, we saw where Mom had first seen the light […]

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