keep a thing seven years and you’ll always find a use for it

1623 W. PAINTER Palace of Pleasure C5 Things of small value the old proverb say, Wise men seuen yeares will carefully vp lay.

1663 T. KILLIGREW Parson’s Wedding in Comedies & Tragedies (1664) 100 According to the Proverb; Keep a thing seven years, and then if thou hast no use on’t throw’t away.

1816 SCOTT Antiquary II. vi. They say, keep a thing seven year, an’ ye’ll aye find a use for’t.

1945 F. THOMPSON Lark Rise xx. ‘I don’t know that I’ve any use for it.’ ‘Use! Use!.. Keep a thing seven years and you’ll always find a use for it!’

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