give someone their marching orders
give (one) (one's) marching orders
To dismiss one from employment; to order one to leave or move on from a place. An allusion to a military command of deployment. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that my boss is going to give me my marching orders. Bill had been living in his parents' house for nearly a year without working when they finally gave him his marching orders out of there.
give someone their marching ordersBRITISH
COMMON If you give someone their marching orders, you tell them to leave. Last week the political correspondent was given his marching orders. What does it take for a woman to say `that's enough' and give her man his marching orders? He was given his marching orders after attacking the opposition goalkeeper twice. He has now been banned from playing for two weeks. Note: You can also say that someone gets their marching orders. Her teacher told the head: `Either she goes or I go.' So Mary got her marching orders. Note: The usual American expression is give someone their walking papers.