To take the say. To taste meat or wine before it is presented,
in order to prove that it is not poisoned. The phrase was common in the
reign of Queen Elizabeth
Nor deem it meet that you to him convey
The proffered bowl, unless you taste the say
Rose: Orlando Furioso, xxi. 61
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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