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 Need Makes the old Wife Trot.Needfire. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Needs must when the Devil Drives.
 
The French say: “Il faut marcher quand le diable est aux trousses;” and the Italians say: “Bisogna andare, quando il diavolo è vella coda.” If I must, I must.   1
        “He must needs go that the Devil drives.” Shakespeare: All’s Well That-Ends Well, i. 3.
 


 Need Makes the old Wife Trot.Needfire. 

 
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