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walk the plank

To be forced to accept the consequences of something. The phrase refers to the idea of pirates forcing their prisoners to walk off a plank on a ship and ultimately drown in the ocean. The person who's embezzling money from the company will have to walk the plank once their identity is discovered.
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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

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

JOURNALISM
If someone in a position of authority walks the plank, they accept responsibility for something bad that has happened and leave their position. The company announced its new sales figures today, six weeks after the crisis that saw its chief executive walk the plank. Note: Many people believe that pirates used to kill their prisoners by forcing them to walk along a plank or gangplank sticking out from the edge of a ship until they fell into the sea.
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walk the plank

lose your job or position.
The image here is of the traditional fate of the victims of pirates: being forced to walk blindfold along a plank over the side of a ship to your death in the sea.
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walk the ˈplank


1 (in the past) walk along a board placed over the side of a ship and fall into the sea, as a punishment
2 (informal) be forced to leave your job or position: The food and the service is terrible in this restaurant. If you ask me, whoever is in charge should be made to walk the plank!
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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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walk the plank, to

To be forced to die or to give up one’s position. The term refers to a form of execution favored by seventeenth-century pirates. A board was placed on the ship’s deck extending over the water, and the condemned was forced to walk off the end. Thomas Macaulay used it in 1844: “It would have been necessary for Howe and Nelson to make every French sailor whom they took to walk the plank.”
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If he didn't, then more reason that it should be he to walk the plank, along with his first mate.
AN ANGRY dad told council chiefs to walk the plank yesterday after they banned him from flying the Jolly Roger at his son's pirate party.
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And the person who is evicted each week will have to walk the plank live on RTE!
Quite frankly, I'd rather have to walk the plank than read this book again.
Now that Disney owns ABC, its news division can live in never-never land, too, if it pretends that only its affiliates have to walk the plank set out for them by corporate America.
It is time for the Tanaiste to wake up to the imploding crisis before he is forced to walk the plank too.
But is the man in the mask going to walk the plank? No
In a democracy, sport, like politics, means we can vote the masters out if they don't deliver to an expected standard, unless of course they decide to walk the plank (and will Alfie: The Book really, truly, cross-my-heart etc, tell us why Ruddock walked?).
JONATHAN Pryce, currently starring in Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of The Caribbean Deadman's Chest, is telling businesses which discriminate on the grounds of age to walk the plank.
A captain that doesn't even talk to his team-mates let alone gee them up or berate them if they're playing poorly should be made to walk the plank immediately.
That leaves 17,000 to walk the plank and if persuasion doesn't work they will get the push.
AFTER being made to walk the plank by the Sugababes, Keisha Buchanan needed some cheering up.