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walking papers

noun, Informal.
1.
a notification of dismissal.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism
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  • Big-city superintendents came in with big plans-only to be given their walking papers a year or two later.
British Dictionary definitions for walking papers

walking papers

plural noun
1.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) notice of dismissal
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walking papers in Culture

walking papers definition


Notice of dismissal. To “get one's walking papers” is to be fired.

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Slang definitions & phrases for walking papers

walking papers

noun phrase

A dismissal or discharge; esp, a rejection; pink slip: Two baseball veterans got their walking papers today (1820s+)

Related Terms

give someone his walking papers


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Idioms and Phrases with walking papers

walking papers

A dismissal, as in They're downsizing, and I got my walking papers last week. This slangy expression, first recorded in 1835, refers to a written notice of dismissal.
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