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walking papers

plural noun, Informal.
a notification of dismissal.
Origin of walking papers
1815-25, Americanism Unabridged
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walking papers

plural noun
(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



: He found a walk-in clinic just outside town


A customer, patient, etc, who enters without an appointment: Our hair-styling boutique welcomes walk-ins (1970s+)

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