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Taking the slide


Posted by ESC on August 14, 2010 at 00:34

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater left his job via the plane's emergency chute, beer in hand. That action has given rise to some phrases. But do they have staying power? "Doing a Slater." And two that have already made it to the Urban Dictionary, "hit the slide" and "take the slide":

Taking the slide - "To abruptly and publicly end your association with something, usually a job or relationship. Derives from former JetBlue airline attendant Stephen (Steven) Slater's flamboyant exit from the industry, when he cursed out a passenger, grabbed two beers from the galley, activated the emergency slide and exited the plane."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/steven-slater-jetblue-flight-attendant-bail-emergency-slide/story?id=11367793