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Verb: give the axe
  1. Terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    - displace, fire, give notice, can [N. Amer, informal], dismiss, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate
     
  2. Terminate a relationship abruptly
    - give the bounce, give the gate

Derived forms: gave the axe, giving the axe, given the axe, gives the axe

Type of: break, break up, part, remove, separate, split, split up