a postern door makes a thief

Similar to opportunity makes a thief. A postern door is a back door or small entrance distinct from the main access.

c 1450 Proverbs of Good Counsel in Book of Precedence (EETS) 69 A nyse wyfe, and a back dore, Makyth often tymus A ryche man pore.

1573 J. SANFORDE Garden of Pleasure 107 The posterne dore destroyeth the house.

1611 J. DAVIES Scourge of Folly 146 The Posterne doore makes theefe and whore. But, were that dam’d with Stone, or Clay, Whoores and Theeues would find a way.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 6176 The Postern Door Makes Thief and Whore.

1977 J. AIKEN Five-Minute Marriage xi. ‘I shall never be able to sleep securely in this room, if thieves are to be always breaking in and waking me up!’ ‘A postern door do always make a thief.’


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