pink slip


Definition of pink slip

: a notice from an employer that a recipient's employment is being terminated

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Examples of pink slip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The jury is still out on that, but rumors about Bravo giving Leakes the dreaded pink slip are absolutely false. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Bravo Denies Nene Leakes Was Fired From ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’," 18 June 2020 Macy’s, the country’s biggest department-store chain, issued pink slips to another 125,000. The Economist, "American retailers have laid off or furloughed one-fifth of their workers," 3 June 2020 The people who have been risking their lives actually will get pink slips. Philip Elliott, Time, "'There Are Going to Be Layoffs.' State and Local Governments Brace for Cuts as Budget Crisis Looms," 23 Apr. 2020 The man was subsequently taken to the hospital and pink slipped. cleveland, "Man says wife struck him with her walker: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 16 Oct. 2019 Over the past 20 years, Washington has handed out bailout after bailout to Wall Street and corporate America—like the 2008 bank bailouts or the 2001 airline bailouts— while everyday workers got pink slips and eviction notices. Sara Nelson, Fortune, "Coronavirus relief funds should be used to pay for workers, not bail out corporations," 8 Apr. 2020 The projection was no doubt comforting to the millions of American families juggling the sudden cancellation of school with new remote-work obligations or, worse, pink slips. Jonathan Ellen, National Review, "America Doesn’t Need One Strategy for Coronavirus; It Needs Many," 27 Mar. 2020 Airport workers are getting pink slips as travel slows. New York Times, "N.Y. Weighs Four Temporary Hospitals Sites, Including Javits Center," 21 Mar. 2020 As the virus and lockdowns have spread around the world, other countries have created a different type of economic environment—one that incentivizes businesses to keep employees on their payrolls rather than giving them a pink slip. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Is It Too Late to Prevent Mass Unemployment Owing to the Coronavirus?," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pink slip

1904, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jul 2020

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“Pink slip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pink slip

chiefly US, informal : a notice that is given to a worker by an employer saying that the worker's job is ending

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