- a notification of dismissal.
Origin of walking papers
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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- slang, mainly US and Canadian notice of dismissal
Notice of dismissal. To “get one's walking papers” is to be fired.
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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