get the sack (boot, axe)

get the sack

Meaning

  • be dismissed from the job
  • be discharged or fired, expelled, or rejected
  • eliminate someone from a job or school
  • to be told to leave your job, school, group or relationship
  • to be fired

Variants | Synonyms

  • get the boot
  • get the axe
  • order of the boot
  • kicked out
  • booted out

Example Sentences

  1. If you can’t do your job properly, you’re going to get the sack.
  2. The engineer who was with the office for the last 20 years was shocked when he got the boot for a minor mistake.
  3. You can get the sack for your poor performance.
  4. The doctor in a government hospital gets the boot on charges of unauthorised absence from duty.
  5. Workers who get booted by the company can pay fines to get the boot removed.
  6. She is going to get the axe if the manager finds out her faults.
  7. After failing to win reelection in 1992, George H.W. Bush said he had been given the “Order of the Boot.”

Origin

The idiom and its variants started appearing in print from the late 19th century.

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