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Who coinede the phrase, "let sleeping dogs lie?" Was it Shakespear?
 

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It can be found long before Shakespeare, though not in these exact words.

'It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake.' (Chaucer, 'Troylus and Crisedye,' 1374)
'It is ill wakyng of a sleapyng dogge (John Heywood, 'A Dialogue Conteynyng Prouerbes and Epigrammes,' 1592).

I suspect it is very old - probably goes right back to the days when cavemen and early dogs lived together.
 

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Welcome to the forums.

Don't post the same question twice! Someone will answer - as has been done on your other post. I have merged your threads.
 
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