Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb give_the_axe

2 senses of give the axe

Sense 1
displace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate -- (terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers")
       => remove -- (remove from a position or an office)

Sense 2
give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate -- (terminate a relationship abruptly; "Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman")
       => separate, part, split up, split, break, break up -- (discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up")

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