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don't look a gift horse in the mouth

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In oratory the will must predominate.
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don't look a gift horse in the mouth

  1. A phrase referring to unappreciatively questioning of a gift or handout too closely. Horses gum's recede as they age making the teeth appear to grow long. Therefore, inspecting the teeth of a horse given as a gift would mean that recipient is trying to see if the horse is old (undesirable) or young (more desirable).

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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, ISBN 0-679-44554-4, p. 69.

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