What is the origin and meaning of the idiomatic expression on his ear? I have found a modern definition but am searching for the origin of this idiom.
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The idiomatic expression is "out on one's ear" and its origin appears to derive from the notion of being thrown out with the head first:
Dismissed, thrown out in disgrace, as in In this company you get only one chance, and if you fail you're out on your ear.
- This term alludes to being physically thrown out head first. [; early 1900s ]
The American Heritage Idioms Dictionary