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give (someone) the can
To summarily dismiss or oust someone from employment; to fire someone. Management promptly gave the new accountant the can after his miscalculation cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. They'll give me the can if they ever find out I came into work drunk yesterday.
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Energy savings and capital expenditure avoidance give the can
its intrinsic value to the industry, according to the three organizations.
HFCs, which give the cans
squirt power, also face an EU ban as a threat to the ozone layer.