give (someone) the hook

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give (someone) the hook

To relieve someone of a particular job or task. After allowing back-to-back home runs, our manager gave the closer the hook.
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"Give him the hook," said Dan, and Harvey ran it into Manuel's hands.
Having registered three shots on target, two of them goals, inside the first six minutes, McNulty must have fancied his prospects of a hat-trick but Robins was quite right to give him the hook along with Clarke-Harris and Jordan Ponticelli as the clock ran down at the Ricoh.
These days there are at least four officials at games, and an assessor in the stands, so if a whistler's having a shocker, give him the hook and let one of the other guys take charge.
O'Neill, below, is a surprise bookies favourite to replace under-fire Roberto Martinez, should Everton give him the hook.
He was subbed after 63 minutes but Neil Lennon showed incredible patience not to give him the hook at half–time.
The manager would come out to give him the hook, and even if he'd let the last three runners get on base, he would still argue to stay out for one more batter.