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The established custom of the printing business in London is, for a workman when he intends to leave his situation to give a fortnight's notice of his intention to quit; it is also the custom for the employer, when he finds it necessary to part with a workman, to give him a fortnight's notice, except under particular circumstances of neglect or dishonesty, when the discharge is instanter: this is termed having got the Bullet; the fortnight's notice to quit is termed having got the Qui. The word appears to be a contraction of Quietus [est], which, being granted to a sheriff, discharged him of all accounts due to the king. See Bullet.

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