get the ax

Definition of get the ax

informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

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

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

ax
  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

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

    :  removal from office or release from employment :  dismissal

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

    :  to chop, split, or sever with an ax

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

  1. : axiom

    : axis


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