give (someone) the can

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give (someone) the can

To summarily dismiss or oust someone from employment; to fire someone. Management promptly gave the new accountant the can after his miscalculation cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. They'll give me the can if they ever find out I came into work drunk yesterday.
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We didn't have a can opener, and they'd give us the cans that we didn't know how to open so sometimes we just didn't eat.'