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walking papers

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.
See also: paper, walking

walking papers

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.
See also: paper, walking

walking papers

n. a notice of being fired, released, divorced, etc. I hope I don’t get my walking papers today. I need this job.
See also: paper, walking
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MANILA -- Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Wednesday brushed aside rumors that Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares would replace him shortly, saying he would "continue to work until I receive my walking papers."
I thought they were going to give me my walking papers but they came in and they said,"We love you, and we want you to stay.
"In one case, I was supported publicly, but given my walking papers privately." He also remembers vividly walking into a meeting on business ethics, only to find "that one of the guys I fired was one of the speakers."
If my city's crime rate decreased to the point where I was no longer needed, I would gladly take my walking papers.
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