Prick the Garter
(See Fast And Loose.)
Why, who cries out on pride [dress]
That can therein tax any private party?
What woman in the city do I name
When that I say `the city woman bears
The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders'?
... What is he of baser function
That says his bravery [finery] is not of my cost?
Shakespeare: As You Like It, ii. 7.
Fly pride, says the peacock,
proverbial for pride. (Shakespeare: Comedy of Errors, iv. 3.) The pot calling the kettle “black face.”
First a drayman, then a colonel in the Parliamentary army. (Butler: Hudibras.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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