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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Muzzle.
 
To muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. Not to pay for work done; to expect other persons will work for nothing. The labourer is worthy of his hire, and to withhold that hire is to muzzle the ox that treadeth out your corn.   1
 


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