See also: 炒鱿鱼
saute; pan-fry; to fry; fried
Originally from Cantonese.
The phrase is metaphorical: “to fry a squid” > “fried squids curl up” > “to roll up the bedclothes and leave” > “to be fired”.
Compare the English phrase to get the sack.
- (literally) Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see fry, squid.
- (figuratively, slang) to sack someone; to fire someone