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(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
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After 26 years of practicing in nephrology, I finally met my match and gave a patient his "marching papers." After multiple discussions with the patient, action plans, filed complaint forms, care plan meetings, quality improvement (QI) initiatives, and corporate documentation, we were not making progress with the behavior at hand, and direct patient care staff were angry.
Even if Hearts lose, he says he has no intention of issuing Ivanauskas with his marching papers. He said: "I think it is now time to stop this business of raising the question after each game of whether Valdas is going to be sacked.
Kirkwood refused to lash out at the directors who handed him his marching papers: "I'm disappointed I'm out of a job - but the hard fact is I've failed with Dundee United."
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