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    "snappers-up of unconsidered trifles"

    Dear Sir,

    I was perplexed by the recent phrase that I came across in my reading "snappers-up of unconsidered trifles". Would you kindly shed any light on this for my benefit please? I get the feeling that it means somebody soaking up tidbits of knowledge like a sponge, but I am not sure. What is the origin of this?

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    Yuanmingqing

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    Re: "snappers-up of unconsidered trifles"

    It's a small-time thief . The first snapper up of unconsidered trifles was Autolycus, in The Winter's Tale. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autolycus )

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