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Southampton’s Wise Sons


In the early part of the present century, the people of Southampton cut a ditch for barges between Southampton and Redbridge; but as barges could go without paying dues through the “Southampton Water,” the ditch or canal was never used. This wise scheme was compared to that of the man who cut two holes through the wall—one for the great cat and the other for its kitten.

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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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Soul of a Goose or Capon
Sound Dues
Sound as a Bell
Sound as a Roach
Sour Grapes
Sour Grapeism
South-Sea Scheme or Bubble
Southampton Street (London)
Southampton’s Wise Sons
Southern Gate of the Sun
Sow (to rhyme with “now”)
Spa or Spa Water
Spadish Language (In)
Spafields (London)
Spagiric Art
Spagiric Food