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Skin a Flint

To be very exacting in making a bargain. The French say, “Tondre sur un oeuf. ” The Latin, lana caprina (goat's wool), means something as worthless as the skin of a flint or fleece of an eggshell. (See Skinflint.)

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