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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The House may expel members whom it considers unfit to serve.
▪ Their power to admit and expel members has the important consequence of granting and revoking authority to carry on investment business.
▪ Sir Charles Trevelyan refused to withdraw or to curb his activities in any way and was consequently expelled from the Party.
▪ But if they move to Northern Ireland they will be expelled from the party.
▪ On her release she refused to hand the paper over to other Communist party members, and was expelled from the party.
▪ On 28 January he was expelled from the Party, to be followed later by several prominent supporters of his campaign.
▪ Nikolaev had been expelled from the Communist party in Leningrad.
▪ Seawright was first suspended and, when he failed to withdraw his remarks and apologize, was expelled from the Party.
▪ As a result Nye Bevan and Cripps, with several others, were expelled from the party.
▪ Several days later he was expelled from the party.
▪ He was expelled from a special school after he lost his temper and hit a secretary.
▪ When he was 17 years old, he was expelled from school for revolutionary activities and never returned to the class-room.
▪ He does not disguise his feelings; he has been expelled from four schools for not conforming or working hard enough.
▪ Later, after being expelled from school, he was sent to reform school.
▪ Read in studio A twelve year old boy who keeps falling asleep has been expelled from school.
▪ Richard was expelled from his first school in Cheltenham because his behaviour was too disruptive.
▪ If they catch you dealing drugs, you'll get expelled.
▪ In May the Nationalists were expelled from the government.
▪ The government is trying to expel all foreign journalists.
▪ The new government banned books, seized passports, expelled foreigners, and legalized detention without trial.
▪ The principal expelled John for stealing.
▪ They threatened to expel him if he didn't follow the party line.
▪ Two foreign diplomats were expelled form Ethiopia on March 31.
▪ A fourth-grade boy had been expelled for doing it the year before.
▪ A sixth-grader, he began fighting at school and was expelled.
▪ Eteocles succeeded although he was the younger, and he expelled his brother from Thebes.
▪ Hold the liquid in your bladder for as long as you can before expelling it.
▪ However, five Khalqis were expelled from the politburo and other party posts on March 8.
▪ This spawning procedure will continue until the female has expelled all her eggs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Expel \Ex*pel"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Expelled, p. pr. & vb. n.. Expelling.] [L. expellere, expulsum; ex out + pellere to drive: cf.F. expeller. See Pulse a beat.]

  1. To drive or force out from that within which anything is contained, inclosed, or situated; to eject; as, to expel air from a bellows.

    Did not ye . . . expel me out of my father's house?
    --Judg. xi. 7.

  2. To drive away from one's country; to banish.

    Forewasted all their land, and them expelled.
    --Spenser. .

    He shall expel them from before you . . . and ye shall possess their land.
    --Josh. xxiii. 5.

  3. To cut off from further connection with an institution of learning, a society, and the like; as, to expel a student or member.

  4. To keep out, off, or away; to exclude. ``To expel the winter's flaw.''

  5. To discharge; to shoot. [Obs.]

    Then he another and another [shaft] did expel.
    --Spenser. .

    Syn: To banish; exile; eject; drive out. See Banish.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "cast out," from Latin expellere "drive out, drive away," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pellere "to drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Specific meaning "to eject from a school" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Expelled; expelling.


vb. 1 To eject or erupt. 2 (context obsolete English) To fire (a bullet, arrow etc.). 3 To remove from membership.

  1. v. force to leave or move out; "He was expelled from his native country" [syn: throw out, kick out]

  2. put out or expel from a place; "The child was expelled from the classroom" [syn: eject, chuck out, exclude, throw out, kick out, turf out, boot out, turn out]

  3. remove from a position or office; "The chairman was ousted after he misappropriated funds" [syn: oust, throw out, drum out, boot out, kick out]

  4. cause to flee; "rout out the fighters from their caves" [syn: rout, rout out]

  5. eliminate (substances) from the body [syn: discharge, eject, release]

  6. [also: expelling, expelled]

Usage examples of "expel".

It was not until adult life that from an abscess of the groin was expelled what remained of the spelling-book that had been driven into the abdomen during boyhood.

While Constantius gave laws to the Barbarians beyond the Danube, he distinguished, with specious compassion, the Sarmatian exiles, who had been expelled from their native country by the rebellion of their slaves, and who formed a very considerable accession to the power of the Quadi.

And how can he in good conscience just rip off, swallow, digest and expel as his what an alumnus with a streaked orange face and removable hair has clearly seen first herself?

The somnolent Amar stirred, staggered to their feet and joined him in the blue mist, snuffing up smoke greedily, expelling it, sucking in more, till they all were reeling, the sap-smoke sending them higher than the quantities of pika-beer in their bellies.

Then the high priest asserted his authority and expelled Argan from the priesthood.

Think you, Donald, Bedel of the Warrens, that we can expel them with claidheammors and carbines?

Those who had reached the foremost position were immediately expelled or captured, or killed where they stood, by the Boche counter attack next morning.

House of Commons was expelled for bribery, and the great Marlborough could not clear his character from pecuniary dishonesty, there was much corruption in the highest official quarters.

He expelled the air from his lungs and buckled his knees, pulling as hard as he could.

Though he expelled thousands from their homes in Cisalpine Gaul, in order to give their farms to his soldiers, they still clamored for more.

Free Grace Believers were expelled from the Massachusetts Colony, and, after sundry peregrinations, settled at last in the Providence Plantations, upon Pick-a-Neck-a-Sock Point, coadjacent to the town of New Hope.

When he had gone away my neighbour seemed inclined to be more communicative, and informed me that Nina was a dancer whom the Count de Ricla, the Viceroy of Barcelona, was keeping for some weeks at Valentia, till he could get her back to Barcelona, whence the bishop of the diocese had expelled her on account of the scandals to which she gave rise.

While his majesty was thus discoursing with Jones, a sudden uproar arose in the barn, and as it seems upon this occasion:- the courtesy of these people had by degrees removed all the apprehensions of Partridge, and he was prevailed upon not only to stuff himself with their food, but to taste some of their liquors, which by degress entirely expelled all fear from his composition, and in its stead introduced much more agreeable sensations.

House exercises a judicial function, as in judging of elections or determining whether a member should be expelled, it is clearly entitled to compel the attendance of witnesses to disclose the facts upon which its action must be based.

Wit, cheerfulness, decent manners, attended our delightful party, and did not expel the gaiety and the merry jests with which a Frenchman knows how to season every conversation.