a little pot is soon hot

A small person is easily roused to anger or passion.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. xi. D2 It is wood [mad] at a woorde, little pot soone whot.

1593 SHAKESPEARE Taming of Shrew iv. i. 6 Now were not I a little pot and soon hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth.

1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 115 A little pot’s soon hot... Little persons are commonly cholerick.

1884 C. READE Perilous Secret II. xv. Cheeky little beggar, But..‘a little pot is soon hot.’

1930 R. K. WEEKES Mignonette xxiii. ‘Oh well,’ she quite obviously swallowed down her grievance, still simmering, ‘I suppose you’ll say little pots are soon hot.’


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