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Give someone his walking papers

verb phrase

(Variation: running shoes or walking ticket may replace walking papers) To dismiss or discharge; reject: If he doesn’t stop seeing other women she’ll give him his walking papers/ When he objected to the new policy they gave him his running shoes (entry form 1825+)


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