give (someone) the ax

Definition of give (someone) the ax

informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

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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