To handle without mittens
Mitten Mit"ten, n. [OE. mitaine, meteyn, F. mitaine, perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. miotog, Gael. miotag, Ir. & Gael. mutan a muff, a thick glove. Cf. {Mitt}.] 1. A covering for the hand, worn to defend it from cold or injury. It differs from a glove in not having a separate sheath for each finger. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A cover for the wrist and forearm. [1913 Webster]

{To give the mitten to}, to dismiss as a lover; to reject the suit of. [Colloq.]

{To handle without mittens}, to treat roughly; to handle without gloves. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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