Walking papers
Walking Walk"ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster]

{Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10.

{Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}.

{Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below.

{Walking fish} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of Asiatic fishes of the genus {Ophiocephalus}, some of which, as {Ophiocephalus marulius}, become over four feet long. They have a special cavity over the gills lined with a membrane adapted to retain moisture to aid in respiration, and are thus able to travel considerable distances over the land at night, whence the name. They construct a curious nest for their young. Called also {langya}.

{Walking gentleman} (Theater), an actor who usually fills subordinate parts which require a gentlemanly appearance but few words. [Cant]

{Walking lady} (Theater), an actress who usually fills such parts as require only a ladylike appearance on the stage. [Cant]

{Walking leaf}. (a) (Bot.) A little American fern ({Camptosorus rhizophyllus}); -- so called because the fronds taper into slender prolongations which often root at the apex, thus producing new plants. (b) (Zo["o]l.) A leaf insect. See under {Leaf}.

{Walking papers}, or {Walking ticket}, an order to leave; dismissal, as from office; as, to get one's walking papers, i. e. to be dismissed or fired. [Colloq.] --Bartlett.

{Walking stick}. (a) A stick or staff carried in the hand for hand for support or amusement when walking; a cane. (b) (Zo["o]l.) A stick insect; -- called also {walking straw}. See Illust. of {Stick insect}, under {Stick}.

{Walking wheel} (Mach.), a prime mover consisting of a wheel driven by the weight of men or animals walking either in it or on it; a treadwheel. [1913 Webster]


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  • walking\ papers — • walking papers • walking orders • walking ticket noun informal A statement that you are fired from your job; dismissal. The boss was not satisfied with Paul s work and gave him his walking papers. George is out of work. He picked up his walking …   Словарь американских идиом

  • walking papers — walking .papers n [plural] give sb their walking papers AmE to tell someone that they must leave a place or a job →be given/get your marching orders at ↑march1 (5) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • walking papers — walking ,papers noun plural AMERICAN give someone their walking papers to officially tell someone they have lost their job or that they must leave a place …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • walking papers — UK US noun [plural] US ► HR, WORKPLACE MARCHING ORDERS(Cf. ↑marching orders) …   Financial and business terms

  • walking papers — ☆ walking papers n. Informal dismissal from a job …   English World dictionary

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  • walking papers — noun (informal) a notice of dismissal or discharge • Syn: ↑marching orders • Hypernyms: ↑dismissal, ↑dismission, ↑pink slip * * * noun [plural] US informal used to say that someone has been ordered to leave a place, job, e …   Useful english dictionary

  • walking papers — or[walking orders] also[walking ticket] {n.}, {informal} A statement that you are fired from your job; dismissal. * /The boss was not satisfied with Paul s work and gave him his walking papers./ * /George is out of work. He picked up his walking… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • walking papers — or[walking orders] also[walking ticket] {n.}, {informal} A statement that you are fired from your job; dismissal. * /The boss was not satisfied with Paul s work and gave him his walking papers./ * /George is out of work. He picked up his walking… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • walking papers — n. (colloq.) (AE) notice of dismissal to give smb. her/his walking papers (BE has marching orders) * * * [ wɔːkɪŋˌpeɪpəz] (colloq.) (AE) [ notice of dismissal ] to give smb. her/his walking papers (BE has marching orders) …   Combinatory dictionary

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