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A female pig.

have the right sow by the ear have the correct understanding of the situation; recorded from the mid 16th century, the phrase has been attributed to Henry VIII, when in 1529 Thomas Cranmer suggested that in the question of the projected divorce from Catherine of Aragon, the king should consult divines at the universities.

a sow may whistle, though it has an ill mouth for it proverbial saying, early 19th century, meaning that someone not naturally suited to a task will perform it badly.

See also you can't make a silk purse out a sow's ear.


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