give (someone) the pink slip

idiom

Definition of give (someone) the pink slip

chiefly US, informal
: to stop employing (someone) because there is not enough work : lay off usually used as be given the pink slip Thousands of factory workers have been given the pink slip in recent months.

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“Give (someone) the pink slip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20%28someone%29%20the%20pink%20slip. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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