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    Are they English Proverbs?

    I'm wondering if the following sentences are English Proverbs? If so, anyone can give me the exact meaning of each?

    A staff is quickly found to beat a dog with.

    He who would hang his dog gives out first that it is mad.

    He who has a mind to beat his dog will easily find his stick.

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    Re: Are they English Proverbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
    I'm wondering if the following sentences are English Proverbs? If so, anyone can give me the exact meaning of each?

    A staff is quickly found to beat a dog with.

    He who would hang his dog gives out first that it is mad.

    He who has a mind to beat his dog will easily find his stick.
    I've never heard them.


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    Re: Are they English Proverbs?

    There is a Yiddish one : those who wish to beat a dog will soon find a stick.

    The nearest English one is "Give a dog a bad name and hang him".

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