sent to Coventry!
- (transitive, idiomatic) To ostracise, or systematically ignore someone.
- The group decided to send the unpopular members to Coventry.
I had never heard this expression before, certainly not while in Coventry, so checked on Wikipedia to see whether or not it was related to the rather unappealing down-town postwar reconstruction. As it appears, the most likely connection is much more ancient as it relates to royalist troops being sent to Coventry, a parliamentarian town during the English Civil War,