give the axe

give the axe
verb
1. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
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The boss fired his secretary today

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The company terminated 25% of its workers

Syn:
Ant: ↑hire (for: ↑fire)
Derivationally related forms: ↑sack (for: ↑sack), ↑sacking (for: ↑sack), ↑dismissible (for: ↑dismiss), ↑dismission (for: ↑dismiss), ↑dismissal (for: ↑dismiss), ↑firing (for: ↑fire)
Hypernyms: ↑remove
Hyponyms:
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s somebody to INFINITIVE

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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑give the sack)
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Somebody ——s PP

2. terminate a relationship abruptly
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Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman

Hypernyms: ↑separate, ↑part, ↑split up, ↑split, ↑break, ↑break up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody something


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