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plural noun Informal.
a notification of dismissal.
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Origin of walking papers

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for walking papers

walking papers

pl n
slang, mainly US and Canadian notice of dismissal
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Cultural definitions for walking papers

walking papers

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

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Other 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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