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Cast the first stone be the first to make an accusation (used to emphasize that a potential critic is not wholly blameless); the original reference is to John 8:7, and the saying of Jesus to those who wanted to stone a woman who had committed adultery, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.’

ne'er cast a clout till May be out a warning against leaving off old or warm clothes until the end of the month of May (the saying is sometimes mistakenly understood to refer to may blossom). This saying is recorded from the early 18th century.

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