give (one) the ax(e)

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give (one) the ax(e)

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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Apparently, it was costing too much to provide heating and lighting at some of the facilities so they decided to give them the axe.