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Fire or sack someone

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:13 am
by Stevenloan
Hi guys! Is there a common idiom or a common fixed phrase to say instead of "sack or fire someone"? I mean "remove someone from a job, usually because they have done something wrong or badly"?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Fire or sack someone

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:04 pm
by Erik_Kowal
a) When someone loses their job because their position is no longer needed

i) X has been made redundant

ii) X has been laid off

iii) X's department has been downsized / reorganized / rationalized

b) When someone loses their job because of something they did wrong

i) X has been given their marching orders

ii) [ In the UK] X has been handed their P45

iii) X has been terminated

iv) X has been dismissed

v) X is out [of] the door

c) When it is unclear why someone lost their job

i) X has been let go

ii) X has been discharged

d) When someone loses their job because they are retiring

i) X has been pensioned off

ii) X has received their gold watch. [From a custom of giving a person who is retiring a gold watch, especially after long service.]

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Other contributors will doubtless be able to think of some expressions I have overlooked.

Re: Fire or sack someone

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:46 am
by Stevenloan
Erik : Thank you so so much for your versions. They are fantastic. Erik and other members : Does the sentence below also mean "to be removed from a job, usually because they have done something wrong or badly"?

* Yesterday the boss showed Jason the door because he usually did personal things during working hours.

Thanks very much!

StevenLoan

Re: Fire or sack someone

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:13 am
by Erik_Kowal
Yes.

Re: Fire or sack someone

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:06 pm
by Phil White
Erik's list is pretty exhaustive, but there are also a huge number of slang expressions such as "He has been given the boot", "he has been given the heave-ho", and countless others.

I also recently heard the very tongue-in-cheek "I have been downsized". This is a sarcastic reference to the way in which companies use the term "downsize" as a euphemism for sacking people (as already indicated by Erik).

Re: Fire or sack someone

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:11 am
by Stevenloan
Erik and Phil White : Thank you both very much for your help. I really appreciate it.

StevenLoan