get the ax

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of get the ax

informal
: to lose one's job : to be fired from a job
  • The employees with less experience got the ax.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

ax play
  1. : a cutting tool that consists of a heavy edged head fixed to a handle with the edge parallel to the handle and that is used especially for felling trees and chopping and splitting wood

  2. : a hammer with a sharp edge for dressing (see 1dress 6e) or spalling stone

  3. : removal from office or release from employment : dismissal

  1. : to shape, dress (see 1dress 6e), or trim with an ax

  2. : to chop, split, or sever with an ax

  3. : to remove abruptly (as from employment or from a budget)


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