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    Pink Slip

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    Pink Slip
    Definition: A layoff notice; loss of a job, typically because of layoffs
    Example: You can also say “pink-slipped” —I was pink-slipped.

    It seems to originate the fact that some companies used to give pink slips to people to be laid off.
    Have you heard or used this idiom a lot?

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    Re: Pink Slip

    I've heard it but it's not used in BrE. I think I've only heard it in AmE contexts. A lot? No.
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    Re: Pink Slip

    It used to be heard frequently in American English, at least in journalism. I haven't noticed whether it's become less common recently.
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    Re: Pink Slip

    As far as I know, it's still fairly common in AmE. I do suspect that usage is probably generational, though. As such, it will likely start to fall out of use before long.
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    Re: Pink Slip

    I've heard it used as "got the pink slip" or "given the pink slip". Expect to hear "fired" more often.
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