Got the Mitten

Jilted; got his dismissal. The word is from the Latin mitto, to dismiss.

“There is a young lady I have set my heart on; though whether she is agoin' to give me hern, or give me the mitten, I ain't quite satisfied.” —Sam Slick: Human Nature, p.90.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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