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Hung up his spoon

Posted by ESC on May 20, 2004

In Reply to: Dying phrase posted by John Endicott on May 20, 2004

: Can anyone help with the origin of this phrase, said when someone dies - 'He's hung up his spoon'.
: Was it something to do with prisoners in hulks?

This sounds familiar. I believe this phrase has been discussed but I can't find it in the archives. Anyone remember?