walking papers

noun Informal.
a notification of dismissal.

Origin:
1815–25, Americanism

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walking papers
 
pl n
slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) notice of dismissal

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walking papers definition


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

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walking papers definition


  1. n.
    a notice of being fired, released, divorced, etc. : I hope I don't get my walking papers today. I need this job.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Idioms & Phrases

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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Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Big-city superintendents came in with big plans-only to be given their walking papers a year or two later.
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