Get Fired
This might be obvious to some of you but where did the phrase "get fired" come from?
Lewis Joplin II
FIRED - "First recorded in 1871, 'fire out' meant 'to throw out or eject a person from a place.' Thirteen years later the term, shortened to 'fire,' was first recorded as a synonym for 'dismissing an employee.' Both terms have their origins in the firing, or discharging, of a gun." From the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).
Frank Pierce
And per Navy sources, it's older that that. I guess it originally meant to dismiss with extreme prejudice, as the saying runs today.

In the old, old navies, executions were normally carried out in three ways, hanging from the yardarm, bound and tossed overboard, and firing. This latter, I'd suppose, was a fate reserved for the particularly obnoxious among the crew.

The miscreant was strapped hand and foot across the muzzle of a cannon and the gunners did their work. Getting fired was a serious matter.

Lewis Joplin II
And we think we have it rough.

I can remember being fired from a job after asking about a long-promised raise. The boss said I would be "happier somewhere else." That was thoughtful of him.

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