Gave them their marching orders - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
give (one) (one's) marching orders (redirected from gave them their marching orders)
give (one) (one's) marching orders
To dismiss one from employment; to order one to leave or move on from a place. An allusion to a military command of deployment. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that my boss is going to give me my marching orders. Bill had been living in his parents' house for nearly a year without working when they finally gave him his marching orders out of there.
give someone their marching orders BRITISH
If you give
someone their marching orders
, you tell them to leave. Last week the political correspondent was given his marching orders. What does it take for a woman to say `that's enough' and give her man his marching orders? He was given his marching orders after attacking the opposition goalkeeper twice. He has now been banned from playing for two weeks.
Note: You can also say that someone gets
their marching orders
. Her teacher told the head: `Either she goes or I go.' So Mary got her marching orders.
Note: The usual American expression is give someone their walking papers
give somebody their ˈmarching orders (British English, informal) tell somebody to leave a job, a relationship, etc: When she found out he was seeing another woman, she gave him his marching orders.
References in periodicals archive
Elisabeth's parents say she was fine and they continued their holiday - until a security guard gave them their marching orders
Bosses gave them their marching orders
during a sixmonth period last year.
Landlady Sam Smith, invited Slubbing Billys to dance in her pub after a Sam Smith's pub in Durham gave them their marching orders
Managers gave them their marching orders
minutes before they were due to play after realising the gaffe.
The Taoiseach gave them their marching orders
the night before his ill-judged stroke.
STUNNED drinkers at a Coventry pub had their festive celebrations cut short when the manager suddenly gave them their marching orders
Around 20 band members - with Red Hand of Ulster badges on their uniforms - arrived before panicking managers realised their error and hurriedly gave them their marching orders