pink slip

notice of dismissal from one's job.

1910–15 Unabridged


verb (used with object), pink-slipped, pink-slipping.
to dismiss from a job: He will be pink-slipped next month.

1950–55 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
pink slip
informal (US) a notice of redundancy issued to an employee

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Slang Dictionary

pink slip definition

  1. n.
    a piece of paper giving notice of dismissal from employment; any dismissal from employment. : I got a pink slip today. I guess I had it coming.
  2. tv.
    to dismiss someone from employment. (See also pink-slipped.) : They pink slipped the whole office force today.
  3. n.
    a learner's permit for driving an automobile. (In some U.S. states.) : You can't even drive in your own driveway without a pink slip.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
The writers do have an ideology to support, else they get the pink slip.
Receiving a pink slip may not be as bad as you think.
My family lived one pink slip, one bad diagnosis away from falling off the
  economic cliff.
So these days, being fired often involves more than finding the dreaded pink
  slip in your pay envelope.
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