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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
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Then, when she's all matched, she knits for me, and that's how she made my mittens.
Dorothy told her how the kangaroo had lost her mittens, and Grandmother Gnit promised to set to work at once and make the poor animal another pair.
She searched in the pocket of her gown, drew out a pair of black lace mittens, put them on with the stoniest and steadiest composure, and then quietly crossed her hands in her lap.
The Big Mitten Fair and Festival is scheduled to run September 3rd thru the 7th.
Mitten smitten Bubba Watson is renowned for his eccentric approach to golf but it's a good job play was suspended before the American tried to hit a shot on the 17th wearing those mittens.
Hosted by the institute's West Midlands president Celia Adams, and the ICAEW's national president Arthur Bailey, over 170 guests attended the annual lunch at Edgbaston where firms including Crowe Clark Whitehill, Mitten Clarke and Bloomer Heaven were recognised for their excellence across seven categories.
The Chinese mitten crab was found in Scotland for the first time in the River Clyde in recent months.
MAGIC MITTEN A RECHARGEABLE handheld baby calming aid that plays settling white noise sounds only your baby can hear, and thanks to its clever design, you can hold your little one while also holding the Magic Mitten to his/her ear.
Oregon State had "The Glove," now it has "The Mitten.
That is why ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves are essential for young ones with eczema, for newborns to age 6.
Managing director Michael Mitten confirmed the completion of a PS1.
Mitten, who first arrived in the country in 1953, is one of an untold number of Maryknoll sisters who have served as missionaries abroad since 192i, when the first were sent to Hong Kong and China.
Take the extraordinary case of Charlie Mitten whom the press described as the Bogota Bandit.
The Mitten Tree" is a beautiful book about a woman named Sarah who notices a little boy in need of mittens waiting for the bus.
21, Jay Wells, Honorary Co-Chair of the Twin Pad Capital Campaign accepted a cheque for $30,000 from Doug Mitten of Mitten Vinyl Inc.