beauty draws with a single hair

1591 J. FLORIO Second Fruits 183 Ten teemes of oxen draw much lesse, Than doth one haire of Helens tresse.

1640 G. HERBERT Outlandish Proverbs no. 685 Beauty drawes more then oxen.

1666 G. TORRIANO Piazza Universale 199 One hair of a woman draws more than a hundred yoke of oxen.

1712 POPE Rape of Lock II. 28 And beauty draws us with a single hair.

1941 ‘M. COLES’ They tell no Tales xxii. Beauty draws me with a single hair if it’s blonde enough.

1945 R. L. HINE Confessions (ed. 2) 91 The old adage..that ‘beauty draws more than oxen.’

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