den Löffel abgeben

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Literally, "to hand in the spoon". Probably referring to the spoon as a mediaeval symbol of one’s right to alimentation. It was usual in some regions to present spoons to farmhands at the beginning of their service, or to guests upon arrival.


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den Löffel abgeben (class 5 strong, third-person singular present gibt den Löffel ab, past tense gab den Löffel ab, past participle den Löffel abgegeben, past subjunctive gäbe den Löffel ab, auxiliary haben)

  1. (idiomatic, informal) to die; to bite the dust


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