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 Not Worth a Straw.Not’ables (in French history). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Not Worth Your Salt.
 
Not worth your wages. The Romans served out rations of salt and other necessaries to their soldiers and civil servants. These rations were called by the general name of salt (sal), and when money was substituted for these rations, the stipend went by the name of sal-arium.   1
 


 Not Worth a Straw.Not’ables (in French history). 

 
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