English verb: give the axe
|1.||give the axe (social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position|
|Samples||The boss fired his secretary today.|
The company terminated 25% of its workers.
|Synonyms||can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody.|
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
|Narrower (hyponym)||clean out, dismiss, drop, furlough, lay off, pension off, retire, send away, send packing, squeeze out|
|Antonyms||hire, employ, engage|
|2.||give the axe (change) terminate a relationship abruptly|
|Samples||Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman.|
|Synonyms||give the bounce, give the gate|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody something|
|Broader (hypernym)||break, break up, part, separate, split, split up|