That population increases more than the means of increasing
subsistence does, so that in time, if no check is put upon the increase
of population, many must starve or all be ill-fed. Applied to
individual nations, like Britain, it intimated that something must be
done to check the increase of population, as all the land would not
suffice to feed its inhabitants.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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