Elvis Has Left the Building (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Elvis Has Left the Building"?

The term "Elvis has left the building" means the show has come to an end.

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Elvis Has Left the Building (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • The crowd erupted in cheers when the concert ended, and the announcer declared, "Elvis has left the building!"
  • After delivering a memorable performance, the lead singer bid farewell with the iconic phrase, "Elvis has left the building."
  • The phrase "Elvis has left the building" became a popular catchphrase to announce the departure of a prominent figure.
  • As the event came to a close, the host concluded by saying, "Elvis has left the building, but the memories will last forever."
  • Please leave! Elvis has left the building.
"Elvis" refers to the American singer and superstar Elvis Presley (1935-1977). At the end of one of his shows, fans would be given the news that Elvis had left the building to let them know there was no chance of an encore. Nowadays, "Elvis has left the building" effectively means "there is nothing left to see, so go home!" It can be used in any situation with a crowd.

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