Phrase(s): *the sack [and] *the ax
dismissal from one’s employment. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) • Poor Tom got the sack today. He’s always late. • I was afraid that Sally was going to get the ax.
McGrawhill's American Idioms And Phrasal Verbs
noun large bag ADJ. bulging bulging sacks of toys | hessian, paper, plastic, stuff | flour, mail, potato, refuse VERB + SACK fill They filled the sacks with potatoes. | put sth in, tie sb/sth (up) in The kittens had been tied up in a sack and thrown in the river. | empty | carry (sth in) SACK + VERB be filled with sth, be full of sth PREP. in a/the ~ | ~ of a sack of coal the sack: dismissal from your job VERB + SACK get She got the sack after 20 years of service. | give sb | be threatened with, face Hundreds of postal workers are facing the sack.
Oxford Collocations Dictionary