you buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones
- Cf. 1595 Pedler’s Prophesy B4v You shall be sure to haue good Ale, for that haue no bones.
1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 211 He that buys land buys many stones; He that buys flesh buys many bones; He that buys eggs buys many shells, But he that buys good ale buys nothing else.
1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 172 He that buys Land, buys Stones; He that buys Beef, buys Bones; He that buys Nuts, buys shells; He that buys good Ale, buys nought else.
1970 Countryman Autumn 172 Welsh butcher to customer complaining of bony meat: ‘Well, missus, you buy land, you buy stones; buy meat, you buy bones.’
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