it’s ill speaking between a full man and a fasting

A hungry man is never on good terms with a well-fed man; in quot. 1824, used as an incitation to eat.

a 1641 D. FERGUSSON Scottish Proverbs (STS) no. 1349 Thair is nothing betuix a bursten body and a hungered.

1824 SCOTT Redgauntlet I. xi. Ye maun eat and drink, Steenie..for we do little else here, and it’s ill speaking between a fou man and a fasting.

1934 J. BUCHAN Free Fishers ii. It’s ill speaking between a full man and a fasting, but two fasting men are worse at a crack.


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