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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8519
AUTHOR:Plautus (c. 254–184 B.C.)
QUOTATION:You are seeking a knot in a bulrush. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Menæchmi. Act ii. Sc. 1, 22. (247.)
 
Note 1.
A proverbial expression implying a desire to create doubts and difficulties where there really were none. It occurs in Terence, the “Andria,” act v. sc. 4, 38; also in Ennius, “Saturæ,” 46. [back]
 

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