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A notice of dismissal from one's employment or an order to leave or move on from a place. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that I'm going to get my walking papers any day now. The boss gave Daniel his walking papers for arriving to work late yet again.
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*one's walking papers
Fig. a notice that one is fired from one's job. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) Well, I'm through. I got my walking papers today. They are closing down my department. I guess I'll get my walking papers soon.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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n. a notice of being fired, released, divorced, etc. I hope I don’t get my walking papers today. I need this job.
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