get the chop

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get the chop

1. To lose one's job. You're going to get the chop if you keep coming into work late.
2. To eliminate something, such as a service or program. Your know our charity program will be the first to get the chop if the hospital loses funding.
See also: chop, get

get/be given the ˈchop

(British English, informal)
1 (of a person) be dismissed from a job: The whole department has been given the chop.
2 (of a plan, project, etc.) be stopped or ended: Three more schemes have got the chop.
See above note at be for the chop.
See also: chop, get, given
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The whole idea of free travel for pensioners as revealed by Chancellor Gordon Brown, pictured, is the worst thing ever suggested and should be given the chop now and never given a second thought.