to get the axe

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition -

"to get the axe"

to lose your job;

to be fired


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - get the axe

"to get the axe"

to be stopped or rejected


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get the axe

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Did you hear that the V.P. of sales is going to lose her job?

Colleague 2:  No. What happened?

Colleague 1:  Apparently, the V.P. insulted one of our biggest clients and lost the account.

Colleague 2:  So, she is going to get the axe?

Colleague 1:  That's the way it looks. She will be cleaning out her desk by the end of the week.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - get the axe

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why so glum?

Colleague 2:  My big project was terminated. Management said it was taking too long and was too expensive and that the results did not look promising.

Colleague 1:  I'm sorry your project got the axe. I know you had been working really hard on it. What are you going to do now?

Colleague 2:  Get to work on my next assignment.

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to get the axe - Gerund Form:

Getting the axe is common during a corporate takeover.

to get the axe - Examples:

1)  ... problem with recession is that jobs gets lost. Let's say you get the axe, perhaps there's an income stream to fall back to.

2)  ... will be the first segments of Obamacare to get the axe.

3)  ... new roast lamb dish will be added but sausages and scalloped potato will get the axe.

4)  It's one of three schools that could get the axe because of low enrollment. 

5)  ... good idea to start sending out job applications before you, too, get the axe.

6)  But thats how they reduce costs... Interesting what models will get the axe.

7)  We are a rubbish team playing dreadful footy and someone needs to get the axe because of it.

8)  ... more likely to be killed off when a show decides someone needs to get the axe.

9)  Also to get the axe will be mobile phones running on ...

10)  When does the president exercise veto powers? Which bills usually get the axe?

11)  ... and speculates that interest-rate tax deductions will finally get the axe in Washington.

12)  ... didn't say exactly what will get the axe, but favourites like the Big Mac likely won't disappear anytime soon.

13)  That would avoid having to agree which directors and officers will get the axe.

14)  It might be worth a look to determine why some charter schools get the axe while others are permitted to continue despite comparable failing performance.

15)  ... but he's one of the highest ranked public servants to get the axe.

16)  Missing out on getting a job is one thing; getting the axe from a job before it even starts is another.

17)  ... but due to owner Twitter's ongoing business difficulties, Vine is getting the axe.

18)  As a result, almost every player is at risk of getting the axe

19)  ... which means workers are getting the axe.

20)  The ones that are really getting the axe the most are the contractors that work on sites.