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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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