a moneyless man goes fast through the market
- The proverb is explained in quot. 1721. The last example represents a variation of the original proverb, asserting that a person rushes to wherever what he lacks may be found. Cf. late 14th-cent. Fr. cilz qui n’a point d’argent n’a que faire au marchié, he who has no money can only go to (i.e. cannot buy anything at) the market.
1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 10 A silverless Man goes fast through the Market. Because he does not stay to cheapen [bargain] or buy.
1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 330 A Moneyless Man goes fast thro’ the Market.
1977 J. AIKEN Five-Minute Marriage iv. Found your way here at last, then, miss, have you? A moneyless mare trots fast to the market.
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