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Give someone the pink slip

verb phrase

To discharge or dismiss; can, fire (1915+)


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  • Give someone the raspberry

    verb phrase To make a noise expressing displeasure or contempt: audience gave her the raspberry for such distasteful jokes

  • Give someone the runaround

    verb phrase To be deceptive and persistently evasive with someone: Don’t give me the runaround (1924+)

  • Give someone the sack

    verb phrase To dismiss someone; terminate employment [1825+; origin uncertain; the phrase donner son sac, ”to give him his sack,” has been current in French since the 1600s; sack may be ”traveling bag, bindle”]

  • Give someone the shaft

    verb phrase To swindle, maltreat, or otherwise deal punishingly with someone; fuck, shaft: He wasn’t expecting much praise, but he sure didn’t think they’d give him the shaft like that (1940s+)

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