give smb the ax

give smb the ax
fire an employee (usually abruptly)

He gave the new employee the ax because he was always late.


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  • not give smb the time of day — dislike someone so strongly that you totally ignore them I hate her and would never even give her the time of day …   Idioms and examples

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  • give\ smb.\ to\ understand — • give (smb) to understand v. phr. informal 1. To make a person think that something is true but not tell him; suggest; hint. Mr. Johnson gave Billy to understand that he would pay him if he helped him clean the yard. 2. To make a person… …   Словарь американских идиом

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