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walking papers

plural noun, Informal.
a notification of dismissal.
Origin of walking papers
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But you'll be about certain to get your walking papers if you wait for the first information to come from other sources.

  • McRae at last lost patience with him and gave him his walking papers.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • Send me his 'walking papers' and I'll see that he gets them.

    Dreamy Hollow Sumner Charles Britton
  • Nance tells me I must get busy or else take my walking papers.

  • See here, young man, I'll give you your walking papers if I hear any more talk like that!

    Halsey & Co. H. K. Shackleford
  • The bases were filled, two men knocking a one and two bagger respectively and another getting his walking papers.

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • If only Mr. Lincoln could then give the walking papers to General Halleck!

  • Kerr was a notoriously good hitter and Ogden gave him his walking papers.

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • Langridge seemed to be asleep part of the time and issued a number of walking papers.

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • I don't know what has happened but I think she has given King his walking papers—and all on account of you.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for walking papers

walking papers

plural noun
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) notice of dismissal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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walking papers in Culture

walking papers definition

Notice of dismissal. To “get one's walking papers” is to be fired.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for walking papers

walking papers

noun phrase

A dismissal or discharge; esp, a rejection; pink slip: Two baseball veterans got their walking papers today (1820s+)

Related Terms

give someone his walking papers

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with walking papers

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.
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