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 Least Said the soonest Mended (The) or The Less SaidLeather or Prunella. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Leather.
 
Nothing like leather My interest is the best nostrum. A town, in danger of a siege, called together a council of the chief inhabitants to know what defence they recommended. A mason suggested a strong wall, a shipbuilder advised “wooden walls,” and when others had spoken, a currier arose and said, “There’s nothing like leather.”   1
   In Botallack, Cornwall, a standing toast is Tin and Pilchards, the staples of the town.   2
        Another version is, “Nothing like leather to administer a thrashing”
 


 Least Said the soonest Mended (The) or The Less SaidLeather or Prunella. 

 
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