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get the ax(e)

1. To be fired. I'm going to get the axe if the boss finds out that printing error was my fault.
2. To be ended or stopped abruptly. I'm so disappointed that my favorite show got the axe this year.
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get the ax

Also, get the boot or bounce or can or heave-ho or hook or sack . Be discharged or fired, expelled, or rejected. For example, He got the ax at the end of the first week, or The manager was stunned when he got the boot himself, or We got the bounce in the first quarter, or The pitcher got the hook after one inning, or Bill finally gave his brother-in-law the sack. All but the last of these slangy expressions date from the 1870s and 1880s. They all have variations using give that mean "to fire or expel someone," as in Are they giving Ruth the ax?Get the ax alludes to the executioner's ax, and get the boot to literally booting or kicking someone out. Get the bounce alludes to being bounced out; get the can comes from the verb can, "to dismiss," perhaps alluding to being sealed in a container; get the heave-ho alludes to heave in the sense of lifting someone bodily, and get the hook is an allusion to a fishing hook. Get the sack, first recorded in 1825, probably came from French though it existed in Middle Dutch. The reference here is to a workman's sac ("bag") in which he carried his tools and which was given back to him when he was fired. Also see give someone the air.
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get the axe

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get the chop

1. If someone gets the axe or gets the chop, they lose their job. Note: `Axe' is spelled `ax' in American English. Business managers, executives and technical staff are all getting the axe. I've often wondered whether I'd have got the chop, if I'd stayed long enough to find out. Note: You can also say that someone is given the axe or is given the chop. She was last night given the axe from the hit TV show.
2. If something such as a project or part of a business gets the axe or gets the chop, it is ended suddenly. Note: `Axe' is spelled `ax' in American English. That is one of the TV shows likely to get the axe. Services to major towns and cities across England are getting the chop or being reduced. Note: You can also say that something is given the axe or is given the chop. A few days previously, the Westoe Colliery, the last pit in the region, was given the axe.
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get the ax

verb
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Eden getting the ax may also have to do with the fact that despite the drama, some found her storylines rather boring.
Stores with relatively poor performance, locations in non-strategic markets, and those with lower demand from shoppers are getting the ax in favor of reinvesting resources in Class A locations and premium markets.
The Bolts lost for the third straight time and are now the team closest to getting the ax with a 1-8 card.
The New York Times--the face of old journalism--has pushed hard to become an online and mobile property in recent years, but it's still cutting back in the newsroom, with reports at the end of last year of more than 100 newsroom personnel getting the ax.
Other titles getting the ax include English Garden, SpongeBob Comics, the New York Review of Books and the Saturday Evening Post.
Because we were the second-highest-rated show on the air and I didn't understand why we were getting the ax.
As Astor notes, "In some cases, even those who are doing everything their papers say they want them to do," like focusing on local issues and contributing to the papers' Web sites, are still getting the ax.
But if your first impulse upon getting the ax is to run home and email, text, and "friend" every potential employer you can think of, slow down.
But getting the ax takes all the headlines and all the government reports and all the studies and morphs them into one gigantic knot in the pit of your stomach.
Problem is, he stars in RAI's crime skein "Nebbie e Delitti" (Shadows and Murders), and he learned his work posed a conflict-of-interest; the series was threatened with getting the ax.
C Corcoran at KIHT before getting the ax in a budget cut, can be heard doing weekends and fill-in shifts on Y98.
Among the police positions getting the ax was that of the department's top post, in the wake of this week's resignation of police chief and former City Administrator Mike Hudson.
As these three major programs were getting the ax, the Turkish government awarded BAE Systems a $100-million contract for the provision of self-protection systems for Turkish Air Force (TuAF) F-16 Block 50 aircraft under the SPEWS-2 program.
The company has taken on a distinctly German cast, with American executives getting the ax and Germans brought in to replace them.
Also in danger of getting the ax is Commerce's Advanced Technology Program, which develops risky, but potentially lucrative, enterprises with industry.