give somebody their walking papers

give (one) (one's) walking papers

To dismiss someone from a job or task. I can't believe the boss gave me my walking papers after five years on the job! The new secretary hasn't taken one accurate message for me all week—I think it's time to give her her walking papers. Ben offered to help me clean out the garage, but he's been late every day, so I had to give him his walking papers.
See also: give, paper, walking

give somebody their ˈwalking papers

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get your ˈwalking papers

(American English, informal) dismiss somebody from their job; be dismissed: The coach has been given his walking papers after the team lost again on Saturday.
See also: give, paper, somebody, walking
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