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Stiffed for the fee

Posted by Smokey Stover on November 18, 2003

In Reply to: Stiffed for the fee posted by Ward Fredericks on November 18, 2003

: When someone doesn't pay their bill, the debtor may rightly complain that they were 'stiffed' for the fee, the fare, or the bill. Does anyone know the origin of that particular expression and is it a US product or is it used elsewhere in the civilized (read English speaking) world?

::I'm just guessing, but I always associated that phrase with the quarterback in football stiff-arming anyone trying to pull him down. I've heard the expression in the U.S., but have no idea if the Brits use it as well.