walk the plank

walk the plank
Fig. to suffer punishment at the hand of someone. (Fig. on the image of pirates making their blindfolded captives die by walking off the end of a plank jutting out over the open sea.) •

Fred may think he can make the members of my department walk the plank, but we will fight back.

Tom thought he could make John walk the plank, but John fought back.

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{v. phr.} 1. To walk off a board extended over the side of a ship and be drowned. * /The pirates captured the ship and forced the crew to walk the plank./ 2. {informal} To resign from a job because someone makes you do it. * /When a new owner bought the store, the manager had to walk the plank./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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