burn notice

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burn notice

An official statement by one intelligence agency to other agencies, domestic or foreign, that an individual or group is unreliable for any of a variety of reasons.
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In the world of international intrigue, we're told, spies who have outlived their usefulness don't get pink slips; they get burn notices.
So when, in the middle of a mission in Nigeria, Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is told, "We got a burn notice on you -- we can't help you," well, that's not good news.