pink slip(redirected from a pink-slip)
A notice of termination from an employer. He was in total disbelief when he received a pink slip from his boss today, as he had worked at the company for over a decade.
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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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
A notice of job termination. The term, used mainly in the United States, originated in the early 1900s but there is no evidence that such a notice was written on pink paper. A holdover from when workers were paid in cash, the termination slip was included in the envelope with their wages, often unexpectedly. The New York Times ran an article by Frank J. Prial on June 18, 1991, stating, “Six thousand New York City municipal employees are getting ‘pink slips’ this week. In other words, they are being laid off.” But, Prial went on to say, their termination was announced not by pink slip but by telex.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer