there goes more to marriage than four bare legs in a bed

c 1549 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. viii. B1 In house to kepe household, whan folks wyll wed, Mo thyngs belong, than foure bare legs in a bed.

1623 W. CAMDEN Remains concerning Britain (ed. 3) 273 Longs more to marriage then foure bare legges in a bed.

1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation i. 84 Consider, Mr. Neverout, Four bare Legs in a Bed; and you are a younger Brother.

1958 in M. L. Wolf Dict. Painting p. vii. As the old proverb has it, ‘there goes more to marriage than four bare legs in a bed.’


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