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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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.
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