get the bullet

get the bullet

To lose one's job. Primarily heard in UK. You're going to get the bullet if you keep coming into work late.
See also: bullet, get

get the bullet

BRITISH, INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone gets the bullet, they lose their job. The banks are still making money but they only have to have one bad year and everybody gets the bullet. Note: You can also say that someone is given the bullet. Pike was out of work for 2½ years after being given the bullet as the team's youth boss.
See also: bullet, get
References in classic literature ?
I suppose," said Flambeau, "that you've got some notion in your head, but it won't easily get the bullet out of his.