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Like master, like man proverbial saying, mid 16th century (man here means ‘servant’). The same idea is found in the Satyricon of the Roman satyrist Petronius Arbiter (d. ad 65), ‘as is the master, so is the servant,’ and in early 14th-century French, ‘it is said, for such a lord such a manservant.’

See also the eye of a master does more work, fire is a good servant but a bad master, Jack is as good as his master, Jack of all trades and master of none, masters, old master.

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