give (one) the ax(e)

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give (one) the ax(e)

To dismiss one from one's job; to fire one. The boss is going to give me the axe if he finds out that printing error was my fault.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

give someone the ax

1. tv. to dismiss someone from employment. I was afraid they would give me the ax.
2. tv. to divorce someone. She gave him the ax because he wouldn’t stop smoking like he promised.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

give someone the ax, to

To fire someone from his or her job. See also sack; pink slip.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Mr Campbell is hoping the RNLI will agree to give him the axed Blyth boat to cut costs.
Mr Campbell also hopes the RNLI will agree to give him the axed Blyth boat to cut costs.