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Bluebeard's Key

When the blood stain of this key was rubbed out on one side, it appeared on the opposite side; so prodigality being overcome will appear in the form of meanness; and friends, over-fond, will often become enemies.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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