the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock

A fanciful variant of the preceding proverb (let the cobbler stick to his last). A linstock is a staff with a forked head to hold a lighted match.

1748 SMOLLETT Roderick Random II. xlii. I meddle with no body’s affairs but my own; The gunner to his linstock, and the steersman to the helm, as the saying is.

1893 H. MAXWELL Life of W. H. Smith II. v. He..never showed any disposition to trespass on the province of science or literature... There is sound sense in the adage, ‘The cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock.’


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  • last — noun see let the cobbler stick to his last the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock adjective see the last drop makes the cup run over it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • cobbler — see let the cobbler stick to his last the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • linstock — (a forked staff to hold a lighted match) see the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • gunner — see the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

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