Definition of give (someone) the ax
- His boss gave him the ax.
: to make a present of
: to grant or bestow by formal action
: to accord or yield to another
: capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility
: the ability of a material to bend or stretch
: some person : somebody
: 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
: removal from office or release from employment : dismissal
: 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)
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