North American informal
A notice of dismissal from employment.
- Bank One has recently announced that 5,100 employees will get pink slips.
- Here is a man so richly deserving of a pink slip that his dismissal on such minor grounds leaves a sour taste.
- In the Department of Transportation, pink slips will go out to 83 workers, mostly at city parking lots and at the Staten Island ferry, which would see its already crowded rush-hour service reduced by 25 percent.
verb(pink-slip) [with object]
Dismiss (someone) from employment.
- The wage cuts, dated back to April 1, mean pink-slipped staff will get a bill for overpaid wages as well.
- Owner Jerry Jones wasted little time in pink-slipping Dave Smith and hiring Bill Brown, the quintessential fixer-upper.
- The darkest moment came in the spring of 2001, when 400 of his colleagues were pink-slipped.
Early 20th century: from the pink paper on which some notices of dismissal were formerly written.
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