the nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat
a 1398 J. TREVISA tr. Bartholomew’s On Properties of Things (1975) xix. 1 The nerer the boon the swetter is the flesshe.
a 1661 T. FULLER Worthies (Wales) 2 As the sweetest flesh is said to be nearest the bones, so most delicious vallies are interposed betwixt these Mountains.
1778 in B. Franklin Writings (1906) VIII. 258 We all agree the nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.
1945 F. THOMPSON Lark Rise i. ‘The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat,’ they used to say, and they were getting very near the bone... Their children..would have to depend wholly upon whatever was carved for them from the communal joint.
1979 ‘TREVANIAN’ Shiborni I. 38 A little skinny..for my taste, but, like my ol’ daddy used to say: the closer the bone, the sweeter the meat.
1996 Washington Post 27 Nov. B7 He inserts the rib in his mouth. ‘The closer to the bone, the sweeter the meat,’ he notes.
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