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Much cry and little wool proverbial saying, late 15th century, referring to a disturbance without tangible result; in early usage, the image was that of shearing a pig, which cried loudly but produced no wool.

much would have more proverbial saying, mid 14th century, meaning that the ownership of substantial possessions creates in the owner the desire for still more. (Compare the more you get, the more you want.)

See also leave much to be desired, you can have too much of a good thing.

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