|1.||[ verb ] terminate a relationship abruptly|
"Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman"
|2.||[ verb ] (work) terminate the employment of|
|Synonyms:||fire can terminate send_away dismiss force_out sack give_the_sack give_notice|
"The boss fired his secretary today" "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
|Related terms:||hire remove retire squeeze_out furlough dismiss pension_off drive_out dismissal|