give (someone) the ax

idiom

informal
: to dismiss (someone) from a job : to fire (someone)
His boss gave him the ax.

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“Give (someone) the ax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20%28someone%29%20the%20ax. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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