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Wild Oats

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He is sowing his wild oats—indulging the buoyant folly of youth; living in youthful dissipation. The idea is that the mind is a field of good oats, but these pranks are wild oats or weeds sown amongst the good seed, choking it for a time, and about to die out and give place to genuine corn. The corresponding French phrase is “Jeter ses premiers faux,” which reminds us of Cicero’s expression, “Nondum illi deferbuit adolescentia.” (See Oats.)

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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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Wig
Wight (Isle of)
Wigwam
Wild (Jonathan)
Wild Boar
Wild Boy of Hamelin
Wild Children
Wild-goose Chase
Wild Huntsman
Wild Oats
Wild Women [Wildë Frauën]
Wild Women
Wild as a March Hare
Wilde
Wile away Time (not While)
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Wilhelm Meister
Will not when They may
William
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