give (one) the sack

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give (one) the sack

To fire someone from a job or task. The new secretary is so rude—I need to give her the sack. I tried so hard to do a good job in Mrs. Smith's garden, but she gave me the sack anyway.
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Bethany feels humiliated, but unless she's given the sack, it seems unlikely she will back down - the teenager is, after all, a chip off the old block.
Not that I would want the regular Father Christmas to be given the sack, but if ever a new one is needed then perhaps make sure he speaks Welsh as well as English.
But reaching the World Cup would be something else entirely for a coach given the sack by Newport County in September 2011.
Two leading British bookmakers have suspended betting on Chelsea's Antonio Conte becoming the next Premier League manager to be given the sack.
The match proved to be Dougie Freedman's last in charge of Forest - he was given the sack yesterday.
Gateshead-born Aspin served Halifax with distinction for six years before he was given the sack in September after a poor start to the season.
Not only is the Rev charged with burglary after her light-fingered detective work, but she's also given the sack for marrying Ruby and Ali without consulting the bishop.
As managers across the board in English football continue to be given the sack for not delivering success at an alarming rate, Mancini has been connected with a possible move to Monaco if he fails to bring a trophy to Etihad Stadium this season.
We are not doing all this to have our members given the sack to be replaced by cheap agency labour.
Maher Ibrahim, an Arabic-language teacher, agrees that senior education officials, especially those who belonged to the NDP, ought to be given the sack.
Manager Ancelotti continued to maintain he had no idea whether he would be given the sack but that he would have no problem if he was.
Henri Michel was installed later on, but he was also given the sack after a string of poor results.
That was enough reason for the Aussie coach to be given the sack.
When I was given the sack at Huddersfield I went reclusive.