A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 07, 2011
DLTDHYOTWO (Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out)

"Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” is a sarcastic expression said to someone in business or in politics who is leaving business or politics. A spring door can hit someone in the behind if that person doesn’t exit fast enough. The saying “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” has been cited in print since at least 1963. There are many variants that refer to the rear end, such as “Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you!”

The letters “DLTDHYITAOTWO” (Don’t Let The Door Hit You In The Ass On The Way Out) have been cited in print since at least 1995. The letters “DLTDHYOTWO” (Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out) have been cited in print since at least 1998.


Urban Dictionary
dltdhyotwo
Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out
Blogger: DLTDHYOTWO noob.
by MTG........... Nov 15, 2007

Urban Dictionary
DLTDHYITAOTWO
Abbreviation for Don’t Let The Door Hit You In The Ass On The Way Out.
Forum Poster 1: You guys are mean and I’m leaving!
Forum Poster 2: DLTDHYITAOTWO

by BitterCupOJoe Jun 13, 2007

14 July 1963, Gastonia (NC) Gazette, pg. 5D, col. 7:
If your wife wanted to stay after visiting hours (a practice permitted in private rooms), it didn’t matter whether the other fellow’s wife was staying also, both had to go and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

17 March 1968, Wellsville (NY) Daily Reporter, “Amblings” by Chuck Ward, pg. 8, col. 1: 
“Let Wilson move the Bills to Seattle. Don’t let the door hit you on the hind-end, Ralph, but we’ll have professional football.”

Google Books
A Garden of Sand
By Earl Thompson
New York, NY: Putnam
1971, ©1970
Pg. 71:
“Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.”

Google Books
The Far Side
By Wirt Williams
New York, NY: Horizon Press
1972
Pg. 22:
You don’t last forever in that job. A couple of wrinkles, a little roll on your belly, then don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

20 August 1972, Mobile (AL) Press Register, “Tells Rehabilitation Success” by Paisley Livingston, pg. E1, col. 5:
“Nobody would even talk to a 55-year-old man with heart trouble about a job,” he relates, “except to say don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

21 January 1974, Hayward (CA) Daily Review, pg. 15, col. 1:
He feels the same way any professional athlete does when he’s handed his hat and coat and told not to let the door hit him in his backpocket on the way out.

16 March 1978, Charleston (WV) Gazette, Letters, pg. 9A, col. 1:
If you don’t like “Jesus Saves” signs in a country that believes in Jesus, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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From: (wharfie)
Date: 1995/05/10
Subject: Re: Report on the tapes

>Because I am Outta here.
DLTDHYITAOTWO.

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From: (Katroberts)
Date: 1998/11/11
Subject: Re: Response to Moe’s unprovoked insults: was Re: FYI:EGG SUCKING

We’ll sure as hell miss you.  But as has been said before, DLTDHYOTWO.  Or let it.  Who cares?

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From: “Draco Draconis Ebenium”
Date: 1998/12/30
Subject: Re: word fight.

More Southern acronyms need to get on the net.  Show those ‘elite’ goobers some real confusion.  How about DLTDHYOTWO as a dismissal?”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Friday, January 07, 2011 • Permalink