promises, like pie-crust, are made to be broken

1681 Heraclitus Ridens 16 Aug. He makes no more of breaking Acts of Parliaments, than if they were like Promises and Pie-crust made to be broken.

1871 TROLLOPE Ralph the Heir II. iv. ‘Promises like that are mere pie-crust,’ said Ralph.

1981 Family Circle Feb. 66 Promises, like pie-crusts, they say, are made to be broken. Not at Sainsbury’s. Every single pie they sell lives up to the promise of its famous name.

2002 Oldie Aug. 26 Unhappily for most of those zillionaire twenty-somethings—and for those who invested in the New Economy they thought they had invented—their promises turned out to be piecrust.


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