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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.
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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It also seems unlikely that the tens of thousands of employees slated to get their walking papers in the next year -- from Bear Stearns, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, et al -- are going to give up finance and start waiting tables.
When the company handed him his walking papers last year (at a time when BellSouth CEO Duane Ackerman raked in about $28 million in pay and stock options), Hill decided not to serve as anybody's financial footstool again.
Rajoub tells Reuters he has met Arafat after getting his walking papers and told him he was not demanding reinstatement but that it was "a big mistake to appoint this new chief for many reasons, which I presented to him".
The next day, one-third of LTV's corporate staff received walking papers, including the manager of employee communication.
After some pointed exchanges, Mona gives the indecisive Paul his walking papers, not altogether willingly.
com and eToys has investors and Wall Street running for cover--not to mention the thousands of employees who were handed their walking papers.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning editor whose work has long graced the editorial pages of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and other newspapers, Greenberg was given his walking papers shortly after the station asked him to provide a conservative counterpoint to liberal commentator John Brummett.
Nader pointed out that the protesters were in the long tradition of social activism that "dates back to the time Americans gave George III his walking papers, to the abolition of slavery, to the movement for women's right to vote, to the farmers', populist, and progressive movements, to the industrial and mining workers' efforts to form trade unions, to the civil rights movement, the environmental movement, and the workers' health movement.
Through voting we have an opportunity to "throw the rascals out," and if their offices are quickly reoccupied by a new cohort of rascals, well, we shall in due course be able to hand them their walking papers too.
Not only is the Internet causing a seismic paradigm shift that will rock the business landscape for decades and make some industry legends disappear in five years' time, but even the word "e-business" is being given its walking papers, according to the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers' global technology practice, Paul Weaver.
gets his walking papers but is afraid that his family will reject him.
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However, it's time to give that assumption its walking papers, contend two anthropologists.
If my city's crime rate decreased to the point where I was no longer needed, I would gladly take my walking papers.
When a team is successful the players get the credit and the manager is in the background; when a team is not successful the manager gets his walking papers.