enough is as good as a feast

c 1375 J. BARBOUR Bruce (EETS) XIV. 363 He maid thame na gud fest, perfay [truly], And nocht-for-thi [nevertheless] yneuch had thai.

c 1470 MALORY Morte d’Arthur (1967) I. 246 Inowghe is as good as a feste.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. xi. M1 Here is enough, I am satisfied (sayde he)... For folke say, enough is as good as a feast.

1833 LAMB Elia’s Last Essays vi. That enough is as good as a feast. Not a man, woman, or child in ten miles round Guildhall, who really believes this saying.

1928 D. H. LAWRENCE Woman who rode Away 165 I’ll live with another woman but I’ll never marry another. Enough is as good as a feast.

2000 T. & R. MAGLIOZZI In Our Humble Opinion 208 And now we know from our Happiness equation that the problem is high Expectations. And who comes to the rescue? Rooster Cogburn, who else? Enough is as good as a feast.


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  • enough is as good as a feast — ► enough is as good as a feast proverb moderation is more satisfying than excess. Main Entry: ↑enough …   English terms dictionary

  • Enough is as good as a feast. — British, old fashioned something that you say which means you should not have more of something than you need. No, thank you, nothing more to drink for me. Enough is as good as a feast …   New idioms dictionary

  • enough is as good as a feast — blessed be he who is contented with little; I have enough …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Enough is good as a feast. — См. Тот и богат, кто нужды не знает …   Большой толково-фразеологический словарь Михельсона (оригинальная орфография)

  • enough — ► DETERMINER & PRONOUN ▪ as much or as many as is necessary or desirable. ► ADVERB 1) to the required degree or extent. 2) to a moderate degree. ● enough is as good as a feast Cf. ↑enough is as good as a feast ● …   English terms dictionary

  • Feast — (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Fair}, n., {Festal}, {F[^e]te}.] 1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Feast day — Feast Feast (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Fair}, n., {Festal}, {F[^e]te}.] 1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Enough — E*nough , n. A sufficiency; a quantity which satisfies desire, is adequate to the want, or is equal to the power or ability; as, he had enough to do take care of himself. Enough is as good as a feast. [1913 Webster] And Esau said, I have enough,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enough is enough — From its older use as an expression of content or satisfaction (cf. enough is as good as a feast), this is now frequently used as a reprimand, warning someone off from persisting in an inappropriate or excessive course of action. 1546 J. HEYWOOD… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • enough — adj., n., adv., & int. adj. as much or as many as required (we have enough apples; we do not have enough sugar; earned enough money to buy a house). n. an amount or quantity that is enough (we have enough of everything now; enough is as good as a …   Useful english dictionary

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