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idiot mittens

Mittens or gloves that are attached to one's sleeves by a length of yarn or string so as to prevent their being lost. I always hated the idiot mittens my mom made me wear when I was a kid. They made me feel like such a dope!
See also: idiot, mitten

give the mitten

To reject a suitor. We had no chemistry on our date, so I had to give the mitten to him.
See also: give, mitten