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Hear all, see all, say nowt, tak'all, keep all, gie nowt, and if tha ever does owt for nowt do it for thysen proverbial saying, early 15th century, now associated with Yorkshire, and caricaturing supposedly traditional Yorkshire attributes, in the picture of someone who is shrewd, taciturn (say nowt), grasping (gie nowt = give nothing), and selfish (if tha ever does owt for nowt do it for thysen =' if you ever do anything for nothing do it for yourself.)

See also ask no questions and hear no lies, there's none so deaf as those who will not hear, go abroad and you'll hear news of home.


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