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Stolen Things are Sweet

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A sop filched from the dripping-pan, fruit procured by stealth, and game illicitly taken, have the charm of dexterity to make them the more palatable. Solomon says, “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret [i.e. by stealth] is pleasant.”

“From busie cooks we love to steal a bit

Behind their backs, and that in corners eat;

Nor need we here the reason why entreat;

All know the proverb, ‘Stolen bread is sweet.ʹ”


History of Joseph, n. d.

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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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Stock
Stock Exchange Slang
Stock, Lock, and Barrel
Stockdove
Stockfish
Stocking
Stockwell Ghost
Stoics
Stole (Latin, stola)
Stolen Things are Sweet
Stomach
Stone
Stone Age (The)
Stone Blind
Stone Cold
Stone Dead
Stone Jug
Stone Soup or St. Bernard’s Soup
Stone Still
Stone of the Broken Treaty