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English verb: give the axe

1. give the axe (social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position


SamplesThe boss fired his secretary today.
The company terminated 25% of its workers.


Synonymscan, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)remove


Narrower (hyponym)clean out, dismiss, drop, furlough, lay off, pension off, retire, send away, send packing, squeeze out


Antonymshire, employ, engage

2. give the axe (change) terminate a relationship abruptly


SamplesMary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman.


Synonymsgive the bounce, give the gate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something


Broader (hypernym)break, break up, part, separate, split, split up









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