(one's) marching papers

(one's) marching papers

1. A command or direction to advance, progress, or move on. (Usually used with "get" or "give.") (Note: A nonstandard combination of the synonyms "marching orders" and "walking papers.") We were waiting for the project leader to give us our marching papers before we began development of the next iteration of the software. Bill had been living in his parents' house for nearly a year without working when he finally got his marching papers to move out.
2. A notice of dismissal from one's employment. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that I'm going to get my marching papers any day now. The boss gave Daniel his marching papers for arriving to work drunk.
See also: marche, paper