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Elvis Has Left The Building

March 10, 2010

The show has come to an end. It’s all over.  This idiom originally  came from Elvis Presley concerts.  In the 1950’s Elvis Presley was a very popular  rock and roll singer.  During the late 1960’s into the 1970’s he played his shows in Las Vegas.  During this time he was one of the most popular singers in Las Vegas.

When Elvis would finish his show and would leave the stage, the audience would continue to applaud until Elvis would return and sing another song.  This is called “an encore.”  He would finish and leave the stage again.  The audience would continue to applaud and not leave.  After a little time, someone would announce that “Elvis has left the building.”  This would signify the audience that Elvis would not be returning to the stage.

This phrase has come to mean that whatever is happening (a concert, show, any public event) has come to and end.


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