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drop the pilot

To dismiss someone who is trusted or relied on. They always seemed to have a strong working relationship, so I don't know why he dropped the pilot all of a sudden.
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drop the pilot

abandon a trustworthy adviser.
Dropping the Pilot was the caption of a famous cartoon by John Tenniel , published in Punch in 1890 . It depicted Bismarck's dismissal as German Chancellor by the young Kaiser Wilhelm II .
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Having discharged her Australian grain cargo, here the windjammer is riding high and much spruced up, outbound in Liverpool Bay, dropping the pilot, in September, 1934.
Sir John Tenniel's 'Dropping the Pilot' cartoon for Punch (1890) was the first example of a cartoon to be alluded to by other cartoonists.
Only Raven-Hill's 'The Gap in the Bridge', Low's 'Rendezvous' and Tenniel's Dropping the Pilot' exclude any British political involvement.
Yet his 'Dropping the Pilot', which marks the resignation of the German chancellor Bismarck, is probably the best-known of the thousands of cartoons from Punch published in that magazine's 150-year history.