the mother of mischief is no bigger than a midge’s wing

a 1628 J. CARMICHAELL Proverbs in Scots no. 1468 The mother of mischief, is na mair nor [than] a midgewing.

1796 M. EDGEWORTH Parent’s Assistant (ed. 2) 149 ‘The mother of mischief’, says an old proverb, ‘is no bigger than a midge’s wing.’

1858 D. M. MULOCK Woman’s Thoughts about Women viii. Fatal and vile as her [Gossip’s] progeny may be, ‘the mother of mischief,’ says the proverb, ‘is no bigger than a midge’s wing.’

2005 Times Magazine 5 Nov. 13 (heading) ‘The mother of mischief is no bigger than a midge’s wing’.


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