give (one) (one's) marching orders

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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.
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give someone their marching orders

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.
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give somebody their ˈmarching orders

(British English, informal) tell somebody to leave a job, a relationship, etc: When she found out he was seeing another woman, she gave him his marching orders.
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There are already a few I'd be calling to the diary room to give them their marching orders.
Sharon's stubborn streak shines through when she discovers that Johnny's been giving the security guys drinks, and uses that as a reason to give them their marching orders.
Now officers can give them their marching orders, under threat of arrest, if they return to the area within 24 hours.
TWO army officers took over the acting lessons to drill 21 LIPA students - and help give them their marching orders for their latest show.
The time has come for council members to stop waiting for the mayor to give them their marching orders.