give the axe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give the axe terminate a relationship abruptly "Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman"
    • v give the axe terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position "The boss fired his secretary today","The company terminated 25% of its workers"
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Idioms

Give someone the axe - If you give someone the axe, you terminate their employment or discharge them from an office or position.('Ax' is the American spelling)
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Usage

In literature:

Nay, take thy florins, master, and give me the axe and let the jest end there.
"The Well at the World's End" by William Morris
The door would never give as a whole; it would have to be smashed in by axes.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
But, when first I saw the poor facade being pick-axed, I did not 'give' it more than a fortnight.
"Yet Again" by Max Beerbohm
When the axe flies back three times from my neck, then will I give you the secret of the words.
"Lost Face" by Jack London
Then fetch Whitefire; cut away the bonds of Skallagrim, and give him his axe and shield.
"Eric Brighteyes" by H. Rider Haggard
I raised the axe above my head to give the fatal blow, when I perceived the stern of the schooner swinging round.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
I drew a long breath and let my axe fall with all the force I could give it upon a new oak log.
"Adventures In Contentment" by David Grayson
The store would give him leisure for study and New Salem could offer him nothing else save consuming toil with the axe or the saw.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
But Mercury did not give them the golden axe.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop
The rope was secured; then the Indian, giving the axe to Peter, told him to swim off with it to the log.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Swift fall the blows, and men upbraid,
And friends give echo blunt and cold,
The echo of the forest to the axe.
Within her are the fires that wax
For resurrection from the mould.
"France--December 1870" by George Meredith
Here's your book, younger folks shelve!
Played I not off-hand and runningly,
Just now, your masterpiece, hard number twelve?
Here's what should strike, could one handle it cunningly:
HeIp the axe, give it a helve!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

Chikara Pro Wrestling "Give 'Em The Axe" in Everett.
Duluth Hospital Gives Sugar Drinks the Axe .
Al Hartmann The Salt Lake Tribune Fireman Wade Cowley, left, gives an engraved fireman's axe to Battalion Chief Mike Andrew who is retiring after 39 years.
Chikara Pro Wrestling "Give 'Em The Axe" in Everett.
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In science:

The horizontal axes are P1 , P2 , the vertical one gives values of γ .
Nonlinear Regimes in Thermostats of Berendsen's Type
The horizontal axes are P1 , P2 , the vertical one gives values of γ . A large amplitude motion of the beam; no thermodynamical equilibrium.
Nonlinear Regimes in Thermostats of Berendsen's Type
U P n yj,0 as particular cases of γj along axes xj and yj give the desired result. 3.25.
Line antiderivations over local fields and their applications
The molecular principal axis of a D3d or D5d anion cannot be parallel with the crystallographic axes, but must be arranged such that the overall average gives an I 4/mmm structure.
Static and dynamic Jahn-Teller effect in the alkali metal fulleride salts A4C60 (A = K, Rb, Cs)
Swapping the axes in the second graph gives s as a function of r (third graph).
Conformal weldings of random surfaces: SLE and the quantum gravity zipper
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