give (someone) the pink slip

Definition of give (someone) the pink slip

chiefly US, informal

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a ship with a narrow overhanging stern —called also pinkie

  1. :  any of a genus (Dianthus of the family Caryophyllaceae, the pink family) of chiefly Eurasian herbs having usually pink, red, or white flowers

    :  the very embodiment :  paragon

    :  one dressed in the height of fashion

  1. :  any of a group of colors bluish red to red in hue, of medium to high lightness, and of low to moderate saturation

    :  the scarlet color of a fox hunter's coat

    :  a fox hunter's coat of this color

  1. :  of the color pink

    :  holding moderately radical and usually socialistic political or economic views

    :  emotionally moved :  excited

  1. :  to perforate in an ornamental pattern

    :  to cut a saw-toothed edge on

    :  pierce, stab

  1. :  to move with a smooth sliding motion

    :  to move quietly and cautiously :  steal

    :  elapse, pass

  1. :  a sloping ramp extending out into the water to serve as a place for landing or repairing ships

    :  a ship's or boat's berth between two piers

    :  the act or an instance of departing secretly or hurriedly

  1. :  a small shoot or twig cut for planting or grafting :  scion

    :  descendant, offspring

    :  a long narrow strip of material

  1. :  to take cuttings from (a plant) :  divide into slips

  1. :  a mixture of finely divided clay and water used especially by potters (as for casting or decorating wares or in cementing separately formed parts)

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a trip made at another's expense

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