every elm has its man

Cf. 1906 R. KIPLING Puck of Pook’s Hill 32 Ellum she hateth mankind, and waiteth Till every gust be laid To drop a limb on the head of him That any way trusts her shade.

1928 Times 29 Nov. 10 Owing to the frequency with which this tree sheds its branches, or is uprooted in a storm, it has earned for itself a sinister reputation. ‘Every elm has its man’ is an old country saying.


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