pink slip


Definition of pink slip

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Instead, they are viewed through the prisms of what earned them a pink slip at their previous NFL stops. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "NFL experts (including former Packers receiver James Jones) analyze Mike McCarthy's hire by the Dallas Cowboys," 7 Jan. 2020 The wonder was in the timing, the pink slip being delivered with eight games remaining. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Andy Green’s fate sealed by Padres’ second-half collapse," 21 Sep. 2019 Some employees were notified that pink slips would be handed out this week, and most would learn their fate by Thursday, spokeswoman Kate Marx said in a prepared statement. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Humana will lay off more than 800 employees in Louisville and several states," 28 Oct. 2019 Auto layoffs up nearly 200% in 2019 The standoff exacerbates layoffs in a sector that's already seen pink slips piling up, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a recruitment and outplacement consultancy that tracks job losses. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Lengthy GM strike "threatens to put everything in a spiral"," 8 Oct. 2019 In some cases, people sent to the hospital with a pink slip are released within hours. Jackie Borchardt,, "Gov. Mike DeWine decides against 'red flag' law, proposes optional private sale background checks," 7 Oct. 2019 Current law is what is referred to as the pink slip. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine drops hints before today’s unveiling of gun legislation: Capitol Letter," 7 Oct. 2019 Restaurant aggregator Zomato, a unicorn, recently gave the pink slip to 540 employees, or 10% of its workforce. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Modi’s claim of a vibrant Indian economy is wrong on many counts," 25 Sep. 2019 Wearing her hair in Elle Woods's signature blonde tresses, Kardashian donned a tight pink slip, peach shades, a silver heart chain necklace, and a rhinestoned black tote bag (complete with a tiny dog). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Transforms Into Elle Woods from Legally Blonde for Halloween," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pink slip

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pink slip was in 1904

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20 Jan 2020

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“Pink slip.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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