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 Saxon Shore.Sbirri (Italian). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Say.
 
To take the say. To taste meat or wine before it is presented, in order to prove that it is not poisoned. The phrase was common in the reign of Queen Elizabeth   1
       
“Nor deem it meet that you to him convey
The proffered bowl, unless you taste the say.”
       
Rose: Orlando Furioso, xxi. 61
 


 Saxon Shore.Sbirri (Italian). 

 
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