Posted by Victoria S Dennis on October 08, 2005
In Reply to: Jew him down posted by Bob on October 08, 2005
: : : I like to know where the phrase came from - "Jew him/them down". Don't sound very nice, but need to know.
: : It means to haggle, and yes, it does come from the stereotype of Jews being stingy and hard-nosed businessmen.
: Haven't heard that in the US for decades. Maybe 40 years. It's verrrrrrrrrrrry offensive speech hereabouts.
Here in the UK too. However, "very offensive" doesn't equal "never used", sadly.