One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be dismissed from one's employment.‘he got his cards on his 50th birthday’
- ‘On the shop floor it more or less meant the proles getting their cards and hapless, toadying management promoted beyond their competence.’
- ‘We will all be thinking of him, although I don't know when he will be getting his cards.’
- ‘He was shocked and devastated when he got his cards after more than three decades of service.’
- ‘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.’
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