the female of the species is more deadly than the male

The phrase the female of the species is often used with allusion to the proverb.

1911 R. KIPLING in Morning Post 20 Oct. 7 The she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail, For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

1922 WODEHOUSE Clicking of Cuthbert ix. The Bingley-Perkins combination, owing to some inspired work by the female of the species, managed to keep their lead.

1979 Guardian 28 Apr. 12 We know phrases about the female of the species being more deadly than the male, but the suffragettes..seemed to have gone into..abeyance.


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