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walk the plank

Definition of walk the plank in English:

1(Formerly) be forced by pirates to walk blindfold along a plank over the side of a ship to one’s death in the sea.
Example sentences
  • They walked me over to the deeper end of the pool like pirates making their prisoner walk the plank.
  • It's to this land, where boys fly, fairies interfere and pirates walk the plank, that Wendy, played by a newcomer, and her two brothers are drawn.
  • I'm always strangely calm before exams - sort of with the dull numbness that comes over the prisoner just before the pirates make him walk the plank.
1.1 informal Lose one’s job or position.
Example sentences
  • Investors both big and small have demanded the CEO also walk the plank over its subdued earnings performance and its disastrous investment forays into Asia.
  • As part of the eviction process, each week the contestant with the least number of votes is forced to walk the plank for their dramatic final exit from the show.
  • There are predictable calls for the senior councillors to ‘do the decent thing’ and walk the plank.
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