walking papers

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n walking papers (informal) a notice of dismissal or discharge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Walking papers an order to leave; dismissal, as from office; as, to get one's walking papers, i. e. to be dismissed or fired.
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Usage

In literature:

On paper it looks as if there were nothing to stop the German from walking across and behind our lines whenever he chose.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
The walking-match (next Saturday week) is already in the Boston papers!
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
He was up and down, walking to and fro, looking out of the window, and diving for papers into his pocket.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Nowadays he had nothing to do but get up and shave and take Phoebe for walks, eat, read the papers, tell stories to Phoebe, and go to bed.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
Murray Bradshaw walked deliberately to the fireplace, and laid the spotted paper upon the burning coals.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
The young doctor walked slowly to the frosty window and looked out upon the white lawn, the paper crushed in his hand.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
Mr. Austin Buckingham found on his table, when he returned from his walk with Henry Wilding, a scrap of paper.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
Some days ago, his lordship, walking into a coffee-house, and taking up the evening paper, began poring over its paragraphs.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various
Suddenly he walked across the hearth, and looked over Philip's paper.
"Tom and Maggie Tulliver" by Anonymous
He got up and walked the length of his compartment, the paper in his hand.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
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In poetry:

The poor old soldier walked about the fortress…
He knew the ship was ready to depart -
But in his mind, the cold official paper,
The useless bit of land that claimed his heart!
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
So Little Pierre was broght in with his hat under his arm
And in his hand a scroll of paper, thinking it no harm,
Then walked straight up to Madame Malibran without dread
And said, dear lady my mother is sick and in want of bread.
"Little Pierre's Song" by William Topaz McGonagall
Her shadow ran before her along the street,
She walked with rhythmic feet,
Turned a corner, descended a stair.
She bought a paper, held it to scan the headlines,
Smiled for a moment at sea-gulls high in sunlight,
And drew deep breaths of air.
"The House Of Dust: Part 02: 10:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Cheney's chum about to get his walking papers.
Martha's Vineyard Land Bank walks a lengthier paper path.
The bell was about to ring when my crush walked up and helped me get all my papers together.
But don't expect Congress to demand his walking papers.
I am often asked by those who read my column if I actually "walk the walk" or practice what I write here in the paper.
On the afternoon of Monday, March 29, the man who convinced Richard Clarke to set pen to paper walked into a dark restaurant on the Upper East Side.
Staggers handed walking papers .
Give Stabenow her walking papers Nov 6.
QVC gives 700 employees their walking papers .
Bowden, Boone handed walking papers by Reds.
But a dose of star power rarely hurts, and that's just what the band's sound gets with Walking Papers , a new collaboration between The.
While many coaches are gearing up for bowl season, it's that time of year when many other underperforming college college coaches get their walking papers.
(AP) — Gov Mark Dayton has given a Minnesota turkey its walking papers just in time for Thanksgiving.
On a steamy late summer afternoon, a man walks into a drugstore, puts a paper bag on the floor and leaves.
The Kimberly-Clark paper mill, an institution along the Everett waterfront since the 1930s, officially closed its doors Sunday with the final shift of workers walking away from the plant at noon.
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In science:

In this paper, we study random walk on the family of small-world networks.
Random spread on the family of small-world networks
Most of the methods described in this paper have been developed for walks where also the move µk = 0, that is an horizontal step , is allowed.
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
In this paper, we investigate the scaling properties of so-called even-visiting random walks (EVRW) on a d dimensional hypercubic lattice.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
In this paper we have investigated the scaling properties of even-visiting random walks.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
Now we define the functions related to random walks, of which we will consider averages through the main part of this paper.
Classification on the average of random walks
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