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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.
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".