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in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Second edition

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780198609810
Published online January 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191727047

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don't sell the skin till you have caught the bear a traditional warning against acting on an assumption that may turn out to have been ill-founded. The origin of the saying is said to be found in a fable added to a collection of Aesop's fables compiled in the 1490s. It is recorded in English from the late 16th century (early versions have ‘lion’ or ‘beast’....

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Subjects: History of English

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