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Giving the mitten

Posted by James Briggs on June 01, 2000

In Reply to: Giving the mitten posted by Amanda Lovell on June 01, 2000

: ...or getting it, meaning to reject or, more specifically, fire someone. Anyone have any idea where this comes from?

No! But why do we say to "fire" someone? I have some thoughts, but I'll await others first.