I'm looking for a single word that means to be "physically removed from".

Imagine someone is being annoying in a public place, and refuses to leave when asked, so he is physically removed from the building. I'm looking for a single word.

Some of the ideas I had for words that may fit in are


The beggar was removed from the restaurant.

I don't think this would work, because I want emphasis on that the beggar was taken and tossed out.


The beggar was thrown from the restaurant.

This one is alright, but I'm looking for something even more specific. Both of those words were what I could think of. I'm not too sure if there even is anything that fits better than "thrown", but I'm hoping there is an alternative.

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    ousted / ejected
    – m.a.a.
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 16:25
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    What is your objection to "The beggar was physically removed from the restaurant"? All of the synonyms suggested in comments and answers seem more vague and less specific. Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 17:00
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    The question could use more context. The appropriate word would depend on the manner of removal, such as whether force, violence, or the law was involved. Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 18:30
  • I don't know if a single word will cut it, given people's affinity for figurative language. Getting "thrown" out is about as clear as it gets that you were physically thrown out, but this is normally used and interpreted figuratively.
    – Devsman
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 18:36
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    If a window was utilized you could always say he was defenestrated.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 19:21

13 Answers 13



verb (used with object)

  1. to drive or force out; expel, as from a place or position: The police ejected the hecklers from the meeting.
    Synonyms: oust, remove, drive out, cast out, throw out.


I think this word works best, since under the entry's example uses, is a usage of the word eject in the removal of someone from a hotel.

Hotels can deny entry, gyms can deny access, and restaurants can eject you without consequence.

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  • I always think of ejection as a means of recovering coins from a vending machine, or the automatic process of shooting a pilot out of a crippled aircraft - ejector seat. These have given the word mechanical connotations, which in an earlier age would not have been there. So when anyone talks of ejecting someone from a restaurant I sort of imagine them flying up through a hole in the ceiling!
    – WS2
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 21:44
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    From The Big Lebowski --- CHIEF: Mr. Treehorn tells us that he had to eject you from his garden party, that you were drunk and abusive. THE DUDE: Jackie Treehorn treats objects like women, man. (I thought this makes a good supporting example, so appended.)
    – pyobum
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 6:46

"expelled", "forced out" or "driven out" are all good fits.

expel - (verb) - to eject or drive out with force

  • The beggar was expelled from the restaurant.

"Jesus sought out the blind beggar even after the beggar was expelled from his hometown."

"X says she was forced out of her home because of severe anti-social behaviour."

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    "forced out" is not the right term, unless you're talking about guerilla wars or land confiscations
    – smci
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 17:47

Evicted, I believe does it, and is probably the word I would use for someone removed against their will. It could include both an instance of physical force being used, or one in which the intruder was told in no uncertain terms to leave, but with a clear implication that their failure to do so would result either in the police being called, or their being physically removed.

In the UK there is no criminal law against trespass, and the only remedy the law provides to a land/property owner is the use of "reasonable force" to remove someone who has refused to go when asked.

However, one problem with eviction is that it is usually associated with legal eviction e.g. of tenants from a property they have legally occupied.

  • Signage TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED should more accurately state, TRESPASSERS WILL BE SUED. Never seen any such sign in UK. With one or two exceptions under statutory or bylaws, trespass to land or property is not criminal offence but a civil tort actionable in County Courts, etc. The way for any property owner, tenant or lawful occupier to involve police & sanction of criminal law is to call 999 & report trespasser's presence, a situation that might lead to the common law criminal offence of breach of the peace should tenant exercise his right to use reasonable force to eject trespasser Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 21:45
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    @Peter Point. Trespassers guilty of no other crime or tort (e.g. causing damage or nuisance) can, in England and Wales, so far as I'm aware, be neither prosecuted nor sued civilly. It simply is not an offence. In practice many instances of trespassing involve something else which is an offence e.g. breaking and entering, causing distress or nuisance etc -(or the big catch-all - "behaviour liable to cause a breach of the peace") One important exception to this is trespassing on railway property. Otherwise any notice "Trespassers will be prosecuted" is meaningless. –
    – WS2
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 22:46
  • @PeterPoint I feel I ought to point out... you cannot just go and sit on someone's front porch all day and refuse to leave. Surely, there will be a point where you get arrested.
    – user64742
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 20:28
  • @TheGreatDuck Yes. Although trespass is not an offence, it doesn't mean that you have a "right" to be on someone else's property. You are required to leave if asked to do so.If it was in close proximity to a residence (e.g. on the front porch) issues of stalking (which is nowadays an offence) or possibly harassment, or loitering with intent, would come into play, and you could expect the police to take an interest. But if gypsies camp on your land, the police will generally not do anything about moving them on until you have obtained an eviction order from the court.
    – WS2
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 20:34
  • @WS2 that is absolute hogwash. If gypsies move into your property without permission then you do not need to evict them. They never purchased or were given the right to rent the land. Therefore, they were always trespassing, period.
    – user64742
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 20:51

The beggar was booted from the restaurant.

Verb (informal) 4. To forcibly eject.
We need to boot those troublemakers as soon as possible

The beggar was bounced from the restaurant.

Verb 9. (US, slang, dated) To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.

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    I like booted. I will vote this up because the participant did provide links. However, your answer will be better received if you copy the definition and include it in your answer. Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 2:57
  • This is why the person at the door is called a bouncer {they bounce people: "informal - eject (a troublemaker) forcibly from a nightclub or similar establishment."} : "a person employed by a nightclub or similar establishment to prevent troublemakers from entering or to eject them from the premises." –Google
    – Mazura
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 20:39

to be thrown out

to throw someone out: expel someone unceremoniously from a place, organization, or activity: ‘His wife had thrown him out.' ‘Keane had been thrown out of the game by the umpire.'


Your sentence:

The beggar was thrown out of the restaurant.

"I want emphasis on that the beggar was taken and tossed out." This expression emphasizes exactly that.

A variant of this is

to be kicked out


When used as a verb in American English, eighty-six, eighty-sixed, 86, 86ed, or 86'd, is slang for getting rid of something, ejecting someone, or refusing service



I think kicked out would be a good expression to imply being removed forcefully

1 [TRANSITIVE] INFORMAL to force someone to leave a place or organization kick someone out of something: Sonia’s been kicked out of her house.



verb (used with object)

  1. to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile:
    He was banished to Devil's Island.
  2. to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away


This may be a slightly archaic choice of words but it is always nice to have variety.
By using the word banish, the removal of the person seems more permanent or more official.

You should also be aware that banishment is usually to somewhere, for instance:

He was banished out of the restaurant and into the cold of the night

Furthermore, banished implies that someone is removed not just temporarily but in a permanent way and it is generally from an entire area.

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    Maybe it's just me but the association with meaning #1 is so strong to me that it feels weird in the context the question asks about.
    – Casey
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 4:27
  • @Casey I agree, it doesn't fit fantastically but variety can't hurt. In the end, people come to this site for answers to similar questions to the ones on here. If this question helps out someone who is looking for a slightly more official way of saying this, then banish will help them. Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 7:17
  • "banished" implies not just removed once, and not just from one specific place, but permanently, and generally from an entire area.
    – smci
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 17:48
  • People are banished from a kingdom, or a country, or a region, or a village. Not a restaurant, or City Hall.
    – smci
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 17:50

Ousted: To eject someone from a position or place

Disgorge: To discharge forcefully or as a result of force

Send Packing: To dismiss someone rudely ( Two words but it conveys the same meaning as the above two)



could fit; from Collins:

If someone is manhandled, they are physically held or pushed, for example when they are being taken somewhere. [be V-ed] ⇒ Foreign journalists were manhandled by armed police, and told to leave. [V n prep/adv] ⇒ They manhandled the old man along the corridor. [Also V n]

The beggar was manhandled out of the restaurant.

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    Manhandled suggests a level of physicality that may not have occurred. The answer to this question largely depends on how forcible the eviction was.
    – WS2
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 16:43
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    In addition, you could be "manhandled" in the restaurant without being removed, so this is more a description of the rough manner in which someone is treated during (event).
    – BradC
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 17:25

To be hoicked out. From Merriam-Webster:

: to move or pull abruptly : yank

"I was hoicked out of my job"


The most obvious - at least in AmE - is "bounced".

Hence, the term "bouncer", for the person designated to do the actual removing.


I typically use "doored."

Edit note: The question itself asks for a word which means a specific thing. There is no possible, literate confusion whatsoever about what the meaning is, but since it is demanded: to remove from an establishment, using force, via a door (hence "doored").

  • This would probably be received better if you had citations or a link to an official definition supporting this usage... neologisms and nonce usages are generally not well-regarded here.
    – Hellion
    Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 12:26
  • Six members of the community found your answer so poor they elected to delete it. If you take issue with this community empowerment, please take your issue to our meta rather than adding distracting meta discussion to your answer here. If you take a look around our site a bit, you should get a stronger feeling for what sorts of answers are well received here.
    – tchrist
    Commented Mar 22, 2019 at 2:18
  • @Hellion anthimeria
    – sas08
    Commented Mar 25, 2019 at 5:07

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