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walk the plank

Fig. to suffer punishment at the hand of someone. (Fig. on the image of pirates making their blindfolded captives die by walking off the end of a plank jutting out over the open sea.) Fred may think he can make the members of my department walk the plank, but we will fight back. Tom thought he could make John walk the plank, but John fought back.
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walk the plank

to have to leave your job After he was caught stealing from the company, the treasurer was forced to walk the plank.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of walk the plank ( to punish someone who worked on a ship by forcing them to walk off the end of a narrow board into the sea)
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walk the plank

to be forced to leave your job
Usage notes: In the past, people on ships who had committed crimes were forced to walk to the end of a plank (= a long flat piece of wood) and go over the side of the ship into the water.
Several Cabinet Ministers have been forced to walk the plank following the latest Government scandal.
See Take a hike!, stand tall
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walk the plank

Be forced to resign, as in We were sure that Ted hadn't left of his own accord; he'd walked the plank. This metaphoric idiom alludes to a form of execution used in the 17th century, mainly by pirates, whereby a victim was forced to walk off the end of a board placed on the edge of the ship's deck and so drown. [Second half of 1800s]
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walk the plank

To be forced, as by pirates, to walk off a plank extended over the side of a ship so as to drown.
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The festivals will be organised by Culture Liverpool, the city council's culture unit, and as well as by Walk the Plank.
Look, you've landed on a Walk The Plank square, into the water you go, back to the start.
The 12-strong Walk The Plank crew - well-known in Newcastle for their spectacular New Year's Eve performances - will be working with Tyne and Wear Marine, the Port of Tyne Authority, who are sponsors of the festival, plus dozens of volunteers.
Liz Pugh, producer from Walk the Plank and director of the show, said: "We've been working with local performers to give the people of Liverpool a fantastic opportunity to be part of the Capital of Culture celebrations.
Producer Liz Pugh, of Manchester-based Walk the Plank which had to make the decision to sell it, said the Fitzcarraldo would be missed.
And on Saturday an open day took place in Jesmond, Newcastle when budding performers from across the North East met with the event's producers, Walk the Plank, Newcastle's Arts Development Team and choreographers to get a taste of what's in store.
Chelsea plundered two Premier League titles with the Special One at the helm but he was made to walk the plank in 2007 after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich.
The Emperor and the Tiger is a large-scale outdoor theatre show created by internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists Walk the Plank and carnival arts organisation Kinetika.
Michael has missed three weeks of term time, a period that would see many parents forced to walk the plank.
But the joke was on her when she was told to walk the plank.
The pyrotechnic experts from Walk The Plank are getting ready for tomorrow's spectacular show at 8.
The fireworks begin at about 10pm when pyrotechnics specialists Walk the Plank stage The Angel of the Planets - a giant fire sculpture of an angel which will burst into flames, accompanied by "fire drawings" and fireworks.
The Nancy who decided her husband's White House chief of staff had to walk the plank.
But will any of them walk the plank for this sorry mess.
This is why several top brokerage firms are willing to walk the plank and recommend CCL on their Focus Lists.