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I shanʹt buy my Attic figs in future, but grow them. Donʹt count your chickens before they are hatched. It was Xerxes who boasted that he did not intend any longer to buy his figs, because he meant to conquer Attʹica and add it to his own empire; but Xerxes met a signal defeat at Salʹamis, and “never loosed his sandal till he reached Abdeʹra.”

In the name of the Prophet, Figs!” A burlesque of the solemn language employed in eastern countries in the common business of life. The line occurs in the imitation of Dr. Johnson’s pompous style, in Rejected Addresses, by James and Horace Smith.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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