1. [ verb ] terminate a relationship abruptly
Synonyms: give_the_gate give_the_bounce

"Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman"

Related terms: separate
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
Similar spelling:   give_the_gate