give (someone) the hook

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give (someone) the hook

To relieve someone of a particular job or task. After allowing back-to-back home runs, our manager gave the closer the hook.
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HH: The Oscar authorities tell all the nominees, `If you don't finish your speech in 30 seconds, we're going to give you the hook and get you off stage.' They show you a reel of disasters where the speeches went on too long, so you get kinda tortured before the show.