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pink slip

notice of dismissal from one's job.
Origin of pink slip


[pingk-slip] /ˈpɪŋkˈslɪp/
verb (used with object), pink-slipped, pink-slipping.
to dismiss from a job:
He will be pink-slipped next month.
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One blustery December day the tailor arrived late, to find his friend fingering a pink slip of paper, of suggestive appearance.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • But, pardon, sir— The Spanish gentleman extended a pink slip.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for pink slip

pink slip

(US, informal) a notice of redundancy issued to an employee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for pink slip

pink slip

noun phrase

  1. A discharge notice; walking papers: All 1,300 employees got pink slips today (1915+)
  2. A legal certificate of car ownership; pink: I got the pink slip, daddy (1950s+ Hot rodders)


: They had pink-slipped Hartz one brutal afternoon (1915+)

Related Terms

get the pink slip, give someone the pink slip

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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