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Walking papers

Posted by R. Berg on October 22, 2002

In Reply to: Walking papers posted by jim on October 22, 2002

: If you please: how and/or where did the phrase "walking papers" originate? Thank you from Saxon

This is the entry from Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English" :

walking-orders, -papers, -ticket. A (notice of) dismissal: U.S. (1830's); partly anglicised, esp. in the Colonies, in C. 20. Jocular.