clear (one's) desk

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clear (one's) desk

To remove everything from one's desk. This phrase can be used both in schools (as an instruction before a test) and in workplaces (as an instruction to one who has been fired). All right, everyone, we're going to start the spelling test, so clear your desks. That underperforming employee was asked to clear his desk and leave the building.
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clear your desk

leave your job, especially having been dismissed.
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Employees at Thomas Cook in Dublin expected to lose their jobs at the end of the month but were furious when they arrived for work and were told to clear their desks.
The TUC, which has launched a campaign to highlight the plight of agency workers, said 20 agency staff from Kelly Services were told to clear their desks and escorted from the premises of computer giant Fujitsu in Farriers Way, Netherton.
Environment Agency external relations officer Elizabeth Bunting said: "Overall the day was a huge success, with staff ready and willing to sift through old papers and folders, and to clear their desks and communal areas of clutter.
Mendlowitz strongly encourages his employees to clear their desks of clutter every day "I don't allow people to keep more than one project on their desk, even if they're working on several," he says.
One source claimed: 'They will all have to clear their desks before being told whether they have to leave or not.
Surely, as in any responsible company, employees are required to clear their desks or lockers and hand in their keys when they leave.
So office managers hire window washers and rent potted plants, and workers stay late to reorganize their file cabinets and clear their desks.
Without warning, the Travel Office employees were given a matter of hours to clear their desks, after which they were shuttled out of their office in a van and then falsely accused of embezzlement.
Is the staff encouraged to clear their desks every night before heading home?
IRISH workers who are owed seven weeks' wages were told to clear their desks because their employer can't pay them.
But yesterday Lesley and around 30 staff at station offices in Perth and Stirling were given just two hours to clear their desks after parent company, Local Broadcasting Group, went into administration.
And before the 1997 General Election I remember him saying that, if New Labour were elected, his first job would be to tell fat cat water Quango bosses in Scotland to clear their desks.
Democratic Left staff and workers will then clear their desks and relocate to Labour Party headquarters.