They usually began like that, those letters that told of infidelity on the part of the wives of servicemen …
the men called them “Dear Johns.” (Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, N.
In contemporary usage, however, get the hook and a variation, give the hook, are usually a basket To refuse to wed; to discard a fiancé.
This expression, derived from the old German custom of placing a basket on the roof of a jilted sweetheart’s house, is seldom heard the air To suddenly jilt a lover or sweetheart; to abruptly fire an employee; also, give the wind.
Dear John letter A letter from a woman telling her boyfriend, fiancé, or husband that she is jilting him for someone else.