Idiom: 'Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage'

What does 'Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage' mean?

Meaning: If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. 'Sell your soul for a mess of pottage' is an alternative form.

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Country: International English | Subject Area: Food | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used

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