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Leaves without Figs

Show of promise without fulfilment. Words without deeds. Keeping the promise to the ear and breaking it to the sense. Of course, the allusion is to the barren figtree referred to in Luke xiii.

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