walk the plank


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walk the plank

To be forced to accept the consequences of something. The phrase refers to the idea of pirates forcing their prisoners to walk off a plank on a ship and ultimately drown in the ocean. The person who's embezzling money from the company will have to walk the plank once their identity is discovered.
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walk the plank

Fig. to suffer punishment at the hand of someone. (Fig. on the image of pirates making their blindfolded captives die by walking off the end of a plank jutting out over the open sea.) Fred may think he can make the members of my department walk the plank, but we will fight back. Tom thought he could make John walk the plank, but John fought back.
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walk the plank

Be forced to resign, as in We were sure that Ted hadn't left of his own accord; he'd walked the plank. This metaphoric idiom alludes to a form of execution used in the 17th century, mainly by pirates, whereby a victim was forced to walk off the end of a board placed on the edge of the ship's deck and so drown. [Second half of 1800s]
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walk the plank

JOURNALISM
If someone in a position of authority walks the plank, they accept responsibility for something bad that has happened and leave their position. The company announced its new sales figures today, six weeks after the crisis that saw its chief executive walk the plank. Note: Many people believe that pirates used to kill their prisoners by forcing them to walk along a plank or gangplank sticking out from the edge of a ship until they fell into the sea.
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walk the plank

lose your job or position.
The image here is of the traditional fate of the victims of pirates: being forced to walk blindfold along a plank over the side of a ship to your death in the sea.
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walk the ˈplank


1 (in the past) walk along a board placed over the side of a ship and fall into the sea, as a punishment
2 (informal) be forced to leave your job or position: The food and the service is terrible in this restaurant. If you ask me, whoever is in charge should be made to walk the plank!
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walk the plank

To be forced, as by pirates, to walk off a plank extended over the side of a ship so as to drown.
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A proper game that involves throwing a dice, moving your pirate up the jetty to claim a piece of treasure in the hope you don't land on a Walk The Plank square, which sends you right back to the beginning again?
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In a democracy, sport, like politics, means we can vote the masters out if they don't deliver to an expected standard, unless of course they decide to walk the plank (and will Alfie: The Book really, truly, cross-my-heart etc, tell us why Ruddock walked?
But ah didnae ken Wan wiz a Real Madrid fan and when ah let slip we wur frae the Dandy Dons he made us walk the plank fur beatin' them in the Cup Winners' Cup Final.
The pyrotechnic experts from Walk The Plank are getting ready for tomorrow's spectacular show at 8.
The fireworks begin at about 10pm when pyrotechnics specialists Walk the Plank stage The Angel of the Planets - a giant fire sculpture of an angel which will burst into flames, accompanied by "fire drawings" and fireworks.
THE time is right now for that 'ship of fools',otherwise known as the FA,to walk the plank.