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Buy in the cheapest market and sell in the dearest traditional commercial advice on making the largest profit possible (sometimes with an implication of sharp practice), recorded from the late 16th century.

you buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones every purchase has its drawbacks. Recorded from the late 17th century, but a late 16th-century source has the related, ‘You shall be sure to have good ale, for that has no bones.’

See also buy the farm.

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