see a pin and pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you’ll have all the day

Similarly extolling the virtues of thrift in small matters is 1668 S. PEPYS Diary 2 Jan. (1976) IX. 7 The King answered to it with great indifferency. Sir W. Coventry answered: ‘I see your Majesty doth not remember the old English proverb, “He that will not stoop for a pin will never be worth a pound.”’

1843 J. O. HALLIWELL Nursery Rhymes 120 See a pin and let it lay, Bad luck you’ll have all the day!

1883 C. S. BURNE Shropshire Folklore xxi. Pins are held..unlucky..in the North of England..but side by side with this we have the thrifty maxim—See a pin and let it lie, You’ll want a pin another day; See a pin and pick it up, All the day you’ll have good luck.

1935 A. CHRISTIE Tape-Measure Murder in Miss Marple’s Final Cases (1979) ‘There’s a pin in your tunic.’.. He said, ‘They do say, “See a pin and pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck.”’

1966 D. FRANCIS Flying Finish ix. In the little hall hung more time-worn poker work. ‘See a pin and pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck. See a pin and let it lie, you will want before you die.’


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