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Smith of Nottingham

Ray, in his Collection of Proverbs, has the following couplet:

The little Smith of Nottingham,
Who doth the work that no man can.

Applied to conceited persons who imagine that no one is able to compete with themselves.

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