Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Five hundred years of the vulgar tongue

‘Quite simply the best historical dictionary of English slang there is, ever has been […] or is ever likely to be’​ — Journal of English Language and Linguistics

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mitten, n. 1. [19C+] usu. in pl., the hand, esp. the fist. 2. [mid-19C+] a rejection or dismissal; usu. in phrs. below. 3. [mid-19C+] a boxing glove; usu. in pl.; thus mitten-mill n., a prize-fight. 4. [late 19C–1930s] a handcuff; usu. in pl. 5. [1920s] a knuckle duster.
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