chiefly British Refuse to associate with or speak to someone: some people ignore and send to Coventry individuals they disapprove of
Mid 18th century: sometimes said to stem from the extreme unpopularity of soldiers stationed in Coventry, who were cut off socially by the citizens, or because Royalist prisoners were sent there during the English Civil War, the city being staunchly Parliamentarian
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- She was secretly filmed by colleagues, who then sent her to Coventry during a campaign of victimisation.
- He's obviously intrigued but trying hard not to sound too keen in case the other fogeys at the paper send him to Coventry.
- Jesse apologised to me for lying to me and I apologised to him for having sent him to Coventry for two days.
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