there’s many a good cock come out of a tattered bag

The proverb is derived from cockfighting. Similar in sentiment is: 1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 7 An ill Cow may have a good Calf. Bad People may have good Children.

1883 C. S. BURNE Shropshire Folklore xxxvi. There’ll come a good cock out of a ragged bag... A cockfighting simile, lately used by a farmer, whose buildings were out of repair, but his stock in good condition.

1953 R. SUTCLIFF Simon xiv. ‘There’s many a good cock come out of a tattered bag,’ said the dark shape, slowly. There was an instant of..silence, and then Simon said, ‘And a good tune played on an old fiddle.’


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