do not throw pearls to swine

With allusion to MATTHEW vii. 6 (AV) Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine. Often in the phrase to cast pearls before swine.

1340 Ayenbite of Inwit (EETS) 152 Thet we ne thrauwe naght oure preciouse stones touore the zuyn.

1362 LANGLAND Piers Plowman A. xi. Noli mittere Margeri, perles Among hogges.

1526 Pilgrimage of Perfection II. iii. The holy fathers thought it nat expedient to disclose the secrete misteryes to euery worldly person... Cast not your perles before hogges.

1550 R. CROWLEY Epigrams A3v Before suche swyne no pearles maye be caste.

1816 S. SMITH Letter in S. Holland Memoir (1855) II. 134 Elgin has done a very useful thing in taking them [the Elgin Marbles] away from the Turks. Do not throw pearls to swine.

1925 WODEHOUSE Sam the Sudden xi. ‘Young women do not interest me.’ The proverb about casting pearls before swine occurred to Sam.

2001 Spectator 3 Nov. 8 I am always inclined to toss such people a copy of The Way of All Flesh to show them what great late-Victorian fiction-writing was really about, but that would be pearls before swine.


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  • throw pearls to pigs/ cast pearls before swine —    This expression means that it is wasteful to offer something valuable or useful to someone who does not understand or appreciate it.     She had a beautifully trained voice but the audience didn t listen talk about throwing pearls to pigs! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cast pearls before swine — phrase to offer something good or helpful to someone who does not value it Thesaurus: to offer something and offerssynonym Main entry: pearl * * * cast pearls before swine see ↑pearl • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

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