a carpenter is known by his chips
a 1533 LD. BERNERS Hist. Arthur (1582) 162b I know well my lorde Arthur hath been here... He is a good carpenter, for he hath made here a faire sight of chips.
1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. vii. 14 Muste she not (quoth he) be welcome to vs all, Amonge vs all, lettyng suche a farewell fall? But such carpenters, such chips. Quoth she folke tell.
1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation ii. 153 ‘You have eaten nothing.’.. ‘See all the Bones on my Plate: They say, a carpenter’s known by his Chips.’
1962 Washington Daily News 24 July 14 In the idiom of the Middle West, you can tell a wood chopper by his chips. President Kennedy’s economic report..was based on the scientific estimates of his Council of Economic Advisers.
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