den Löffel abgeben

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

den Löffel abgeben

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

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