dead men tell no tales

Cf. 1560 T. BECON Works II. 97 He that hath his body loden with meat and drinke is no more mete to prai vnto god then a dead man is to tel a tale.

1664 J. WILSON Andronicus Comnenius I. iv. ‘Twere best To knock ’um i’ th’ head... The dead can tell no tales.

1702 G. FARQUHAR Inconstant v. 76 Ay, ay, Dead Men tell no Tales.

1850 C. KINGSLEY Alton Locke I. iv. Where are the stories of those who have..ended in desperation?.. Dead men tell no tales.

2001 S. KENDRICK Night Watch iv. 159 Dead men tell no tales. But their bodies sometimes do.


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