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Spare at the spigot, and let out the bung-hole proverbial saying, mid 17th century; referring to the practice of being overcareful on the one hand, and carelessly generous on the other. (A spigot is a peg or pin used to regulate the flow of liquid through a tap on a cask, and a bung-hole is a hole through which a cask is filled or emptied, and which is closed by a bung.

spare well and have to spend proverbial saying, mid 16th century; meaning that the person who is thrifty and careful with their resources can use them lavishly when the occasion offers.

See also spare the rod and spoil the child.


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