Definition of get one's cards in English:

get one's cards


  • Be dismissed from one's employment.

    ‘he got his cards on his 50th birthday’
    • ‘We will all be thinking of him, although I don't know when he will be getting his cards.’
    • ‘This came under Joe Royle in the 1995/96 campaign but was not enough to prevent the Everton playing great getting his cards shortly afterwards.’
    • ‘Most managers get their cards, sooner or later.’
    • ‘He was shocked and devastated when he got his cards after more than three decades of service.’
    • ‘On the shop floor it more or less meant the proles getting their cards and hapless, toadying management promoted beyond their competence.’