keep your own fish-guts for your own sea-maws

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 118 Give your own Sea Maws [gulls] your own Fish Guts. If you have any Superfluities give them to your poor Relations, Friends, or Countrymen, rather than to others.

1816 SCOTT Antiquary I. xv. Ye ken my gude-man likes to ride the expresses himsel—we maun gie our ain fish-guts to our ain sea-maws.

1952 ‘P. PIPER’ Death in Canongate (1954) viii. ‘Oh! it makes me a bit sick when you can be so liberal with anyone—’ ‘And not with you. That’s what you are trying to say, isn’t it?’ ‘I suppose so,’ he said, and quoted lugubriously, ‘“Keep your ain fish guts for your ain sea maws.”’


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