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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Chickens
 
What, all my pretty chickens, and their dam,
At one fell swoop?
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act IV. Scene 3. (Macduff to Malcolm.)
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To swallow gudgeons ’ere they’re catch’d,
And count their chickens ’ere they’re hatch’d.
        Butler.—Hudibras, Part II. Canto III. Line 923.
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