get the bounce

[get the bounce] or [get the gate] {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. or [getthe air] To lose one's sweetheart; not be kept for a friend or lover.

Joe is sad because he just got the gate from his girl.

Shirleywas afraid she might get the air from her boyfriend if she went outwith other boys while he was away.

2. or [get the sack] also [get thehook] To be fired; lose a job.

Uncle Willie can't keep a job; hegot the sack today for sleeping on the job.

You're likely to getthe bounce if you are absent from work too much.

Contrast: GIVE THEBOUNCE.