dog does not eat dog

Cf. VARRO De Lingua Latina VII. 32 canis caninam non est, a dog does not eat dog’s flesh.

1543 W. TURNER Hunting of Romish Fox A2v The prouerb..on dog will not eat of an other dogges fleshe.

1790 ‘P. PINDAR’ Epistle to Bruce 31 Dog should not prey on dog, the proverb says: Allow then brother-trav’lers crumbs of praise.

1866 C. KINGSLEY Hereward the Wake II. xi. Dog does not eat dog and it is hard to be robbed by an Englishman, after being robbed a dozen times by the French.

1933 F. D. GRIERSON Empty House viii. Dog doesn’t eat dog, my dear fellow. To put it more politely, the physician attends his brother practitioner without charge.

1993 ‘C. AIRD’ Going Concern (1994) viii. 67 ‘Apparently Harris and Marsh’ve been trying for a takeover of Chernwoods’ for quite a while now.’ ‘I always thought that dog doesn’t eat dog,’ objected Leeyes. ‘But I suppose I’m old-fashioned.’


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