little fish are sweet
1830 R. FORBY Vocabulary of East Anglia 434 ‘Little fish are sweet.’—It means small gifts are always acceptable.
1914 K. F. PURDON Folk of Furry Farm vii. ‘They’ll sell at a loss,’ he went on, with a sigh, ‘but sure, little fish is sweet! and the rent has to be made up.’
1981 J. BINGHAM Brock 92 Wealthy proprietor of the Melford Echo and three or four small newspapers in the country. (‘Little fish are sweet, old boy.’)
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