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give someone the ax

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give someone the ax

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(Variations: the boot or the chop may replace the ax) To dismiss or discharge; can, cut, fire: The school gave six profs the ax yesterday/ The Oval Office should give him what he really deserves: the boot/ A vast trade and business complex was given the chop (ax form 1883+; boot 1888+; chop 1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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