Green’s Dictionary of Slang

mitt n.

also mit
[abbr. SE mitten]

1. [early 19C+] (Aus./US) usu. in pl., a glove; often a boxing glove.

2. [late 19C–1960s] (US) a hand of cards.

3. [late 19C+] (US) usu. in pl., the hand.

4. [1910s] (US prison) in pl., handcuffs.

5. [1910s–30s] (US tramp) usu. in pl, a tramp who has lost one or both hands.

6. [1980s] (US Und.) a roll of money.

In derivatives

mitted (adj.)

[1910s–40s] (US Und.) armed.

In compounds

mitt artist (n.)

1. [1900s] (US) a prizefighter.

2. a ball-catcher.

mitt broad (n.) (also mit artist) [broad n.2 (3)]

[1920s–30s] (US Und.) a fortune teller, a palm-reader.

mitt camp (n.)

[1900s–80s] a palmist’s or fortune-teller’s establishment, tent etc.

mittflopper (n.)

[1930s–40s] (orig. US milit.) a toady, the image is of one who constantly shakes hands.

mitt game (n.)

boxing; prize-fighting.

mittglommer (n.) [glom v. (1)]

[1910s–50s] (US, orig. milit.) an ingratiating person, a sycophant; thus mittglom n. and v.

mitt joint (n.) [joint n. (3)]

1. [late 19C-1930s] (US) a crooked gambling establishment.

2. [1920s–80s] (also mit joint) a palmist’s or fortune-teller’s establishment, tent etc.

mitt-juggler (n.)

[1900s] a prize-fighter, a boxer.

mitt man (n.)

[1960s] (US Und.) a confidence man, esp. when specializing in religious charlatanry.

mitt pounding (n.)

[1930s–40s] (US black, also mitt) applause, clapping.

mitt-pusher (n.)

[1900s–20s] (US) a boxer.

mitt-reader (n.)

[1910s+] (US) a fortune-teller, a palmist; thus mitt-reading.

mitt store (n.)

[1940s] (US Und.) a form of confidence trick in which a supposedly legitimate business masquerades as a front for crooked poker games (ostensibly being played ‘just to pass the time’). The victim is ‘mitted’, i.e. dealt into such a game and fleeced of his money.

mitt-wobbler (n.)

[1910s–50s] (US, orig. milit.) an ingratiating person, a sycophant.

In phrases

big mitt (n.) (also big mit, big mitt game)

[late 19C–1940s] (US Und.) a form of swindling involving the use of a stacked hand while playing poker.

big mitt joint (n.)

[late 19C–1940s] a casino specializing in crooked card games, spec. poker.

big mitt man (n.) (also big mit man, big mitter, mitt man)

[1900s–40s] (US Und.) a confidence trickster.

chilly mitt (n.)

[1900s] (US) constr. with the, a rejection, a snub; usu. in phr. get/give the chilly mitt.

cold mitt (n.)

[1920s] (US) a snub, a rejection.

frozen mitt (n.) (also frozen face, frozen mitten, frozen word, icy mitt)

[late 19C+] (US) a rejection, an unfriendly reception.

give someone the mitt (v.) (also give someone the frosty hand, …the frosty mit, ...the frosty paw, ...the icy mit, …the icy mitt)

1. [late 19C] to say goodbye.

2. [late 19C–1940s] (US) to reject, esp. in the context of a proposal of marriage.

greased mitt (n.) (also greased mit) [grease v.1 ]

[1920s–40s] (US) anyone who has been bribed.

grease one’s mitts/paw (v.)

[20C+] (US) to accept/solicit bribes; thus grease someone’s mitts, to bribe.

hand someone the (icy/frozen) mitt(en) (v.)

[1900s–20s] (US) to reject, to turn down, to dismiss.

mitt-slinging (n.)

[1920s] (US) punching, boxing.

throw the mitt(s) (v.)

[1900s–40s] (US Und.) to pick pockets.