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Mettre de la Paille dans ses Souliers, or Mettre du Foin dans ses Bottes

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To amass money, to grow rich, especially by illicit gains. The reference is to a practice, in the sixteenth century, followed by beggars to extort alms.

“… Des quemands et belistres qui, pour abuser le monde, mettent de la paille en leurs souliers.”—Supplément du Catholicon, ch. ix.

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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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