pink slip
Noun

pink slip (plural pink slips)

  1. (idiomatic, metonym, US) Notice of termination of employment.
    • 2003, Erica Orloff, Kathy Levinson, The 60-Second Commute: A Guide to Your 24/7 Home Office Life, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=YtWvHMEy1mYC&pg=PA139&dq=%22pink+slip%22|%22pink+slips%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=35rYT-mcNMWViAeIpaSiAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pink%20slip%22|%22pink%20slips%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 139],
      Pink slips are being handed out faster in corporate America than you can say, “Recession? What recession?”
    • 2008, Chioma Isiadinso, The Best Business Schools' Admissions Secrets, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=aEkgsRESjWcC&pg=PA4&dq=%22pink+slip%22|%22pink+slips%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=35rYT-mcNMWViAeIpaSiAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pink%20slip%22|%22pink%20slips%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 4],
      From 2002 to 2004, many individuals received pink slips as a result of a slow economy.
    • 2008, Warren Richard Plunkett, Raymond F. Attner, Gemmy S. Allen, Management: Meeting and Exceeding Customer Expectations, Thomson, 9th Edition, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=I28ckm55jlMC&pg=PA400&dq=%22pink+slip%22|%22pink+slips%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=35rYT-mcNMWViAeIpaSiAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pink%20slip%22|%22pink%20slips%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 400],
      Oracle chose a weekend in which to notify PeopleSoft employees of their termination: the company sent them pink slips via express mail.
  2. (US) The title for an automobile.
    • 1997, Jacqueline Diamond, Million-Dollar Mommy, Harlequin, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Lk1NCwe7VcIC&pg=PT56&dq=%22pink+slip%22|%22pink+slips%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1a3YT5e3OcK5iQe4tNyxAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pink%20slip%22|%22pink%20slips%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      But when she visited the bank, all she found inside were the pink slip to her car, a passport she′d acquired two years ago before a vacation trip to Australia and a few other documents.
  3. (Australia, New South Wales) An automobile roadworthiness inspection certificate.
    • 2003, Margo Daly, Anne Dehne, Rough Guide to Australia, 6th Edition, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=GLd1AmP8yckC&pg=PA194&dq=%22pink+slip%22|%22pink+slips%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1a3YT5e3OcK5iQe4tNyxAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pink%20slip%22|%22pink%20slips%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 194],
      Demand to see the pink slip (certificate of roadworthiness), as it proves the car is safe.
Synonyms
  • (employment termination notice) P45 (United Kingdom)
  • (automobile title)
  • (automobile roadworthiness inspection certificate)
Related terms Translations
  • German: blauer Brief
Verb

pink slip

  1. (US, informal, transitive) To terminate the employment of.
    Synonyms: fire, let go, sack, Thesaurus:lay off



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