One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be dismissed (or dismiss someone) from a job.
- ‘The crowd loved it, but the soundman gave us the hook after only 15 minutes.’
- ‘She was the cause of all my boyfriends giving me the hook because after they saw her, they could never be fully in love with me.’
- ‘He continued his late-season struggles into the playoffs, getting the hook in Game 2 after surrendering three goals in the first 15 minutes.’
- ‘It was the day after I got the hook and I wasn't used to it.’
- ‘The PM, all the while insisting the minister hadn't done anything wrong, gave him the hook.’
- ‘He is aware that scientist and physician founders often get the hook if their management skills don't equal their research feats.’
- ‘A rotund young woman made her entry one amateur night in Connecticut - and got the hook even before she stepped onstage.’
- ‘But at issue before he got the hook was his performance, not his work ethic, professionalism or effort.’
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