better wed over the mixen than over the moor
- It is better to marry a neighbour than a stranger. For mixen, see quot. 1661.
a 1628 in M. L. Anderson Proverbs in Scots (1957) no. 320 Better to wow [woo] over middin, nor [than] over mure.
a 1661 T. FULLER Worthies (Cheshire) 174 Better Wed over the Mixon [midden] then over the Moor..that is, hard by or at home, Mixon being that heap of Compost which lyeth in the yards of good husbands.
1818 SCOTT Heart of Midlothian III. vi. He might hae dune waur [worse] than married me... Better wed over the mixen as over the moor, as they say in Yorkshire.
1874 T. HARDY Far from Madding Crowd I. xxii. ‘That means matrimony.’.. ‘Well, better wed over the mixen than over the moor,’ said Laban Tall.
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