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discharge (someone or something) from (something)

1. To release someone from something. Based on these X-rays, your foot has healed completely, and I can discharge you from my care.
2. To fire someone from a job. Phil was discharged from his job once he was caught embezzling money.
3. To shoot something from a gun. I discharged another bullet from my gun but still missed the target.
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discharge (something) into (something)

To release something into a particular place or receptacle. It's good to keep house plants around because they discharge oxygen into the air. The company was fined for discharging wastewater into the creek.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

discharge someone from something

1. . to fire someone from a job. The manager discharged Walter from his position with the bank. Walter was discharged from his job.
2. to permit a person to leave a place, such as a hospital or the armed service. They discharged her from the hospital today. She was well enough to be discharged from the hospital.
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discharge something from something

to fire a round from a gun. I discharged two bullets from the gun accidentally. Randy discharged about twenty rounds from his automatic rifle.
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discharge something into something

to let something out of something into something else. She discharged some nitrogen from the tank into the laboratory by accident. The technician discharged oxygen into the atmosphere.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The foregoing is a brief description of the options involved in discharging or removing a lien from the record, and the time-frames required for each.
The primary goal of Chapter 7 is to provide debtors with a fresh start by discharging their debts.
POTW sludge regulations, increased enforcement, citizen suits, and the use of biomonitoring will force POWTs to eliminate the buffer that indirect discharges often received by virtue of discharging to POTWs.
The term "release" is defined to include any spilling, leaking, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping or disposing into the environment.
In a 1964 study, top-level managers reported that the most important reason for discharging an employee under their supervision was "failure to improve after repeated warnings," the second reason was "unacceptable personality traits," and the third was "other breaking points" which included, among other reasons, union affiliation.
The unit's nurse administrator also did a "walk in the patient's shoes," shadowing a patient who was discharging from the hospital.
Jill Fogg, for the Environment Agency, told the court that Bran Sands is an effluent treatment works, discharging into a small watercourse running into the Tees estuary 1km downstream of Tees and Hartlepool foreshore and wetlands, and Seal Sands - sites of special scientific interest.
Discharging the first set of containers from the top level took as long as eight minutes.
Even as the military is discharging highly qualified personnel like Szymanski, Pentagon brass are complaining that they can't find new recruits.
The best discharger designs are flexible to accommodate discharging into various types of mechanical conveyors and feeders, as well as pneumatic conveyors.