The act of dismissing or the condition of being dismissed from employment
To end the employment or service of
get the ax
have an ax to grind
He swung the ax once more, now only half a body length away.
He swung the ax again.
She relinquished the ax for the glass of tea.
"That's called an ice ax, or piolet," Ryland answered.
Again she swung the ax, and this time it went half way through the log.