pink slip


: a notice from an employer that a recipient's employment is being terminated
pink-slip transitive verb

Examples of pink slip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The young actress celebrated her 21st birthday in a pink slip dress worn by Zeta-Jones to the 1999 MTV Movie Awards. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 22 Apr. 2024 This forced many startups to close their doors—pushing thousands of employees out the door with a pink slip and stalling late-stage exit strategies. Haresh Bhungalia, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 These are difficult conversations, but, if done correctly, professionally and with tact, their employees will not be so surprised when they are handed a pink slip. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 In January, across two rounds of layoffs that hit its ad sales and hardware teams, Alphabet laid off over 1,000 employees after handing out 12,000 pink slips in 2022. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 29 Feb. 2024 Quartz’s Laura Bratton lists the organizations that have handed out pink slips since January. 5 great stories from elsewhere 💌 Inbox hysteria. Susan Howson, Quartz, 11 Feb. 2024 With a chance to lock up the NFC East, Dallas once again steamrolls Washington en route to a division title and significant home-field advantage in the playoffs, while Ron Rivera likely gets a pink slip the following day. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 The lead mule is River Cartwright, played by the habitually great Jack Lowden, the scion of MI5 royalty who got played in a training exercise that resulted in the theoretical deaths of thousands, and avoided the pink slip only because his granddad (Jonathan Pryce) is MI5 royalty. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 Five months ago, Meta Platforms Inc. finished handing out the last of more than 20,000 pink slips to employees, part of a year-long effort to rein in costs and become more efficient. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pink slip was in 1904

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“Pink slip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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