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 Still.Still Waters Run Deep. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Still Sow.
 
A man cunning and selfish; one wise in his own interest; one who avoids talking at meals that he may enjoy his food the better. So called from the old proverb, “The still sow eats the wash” or “draff.”   1
       
“We do not act that often jest and langh;
’Tis old but true, ‘Still swine eat all the draugh.’”
       
Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, iv. 2.
 


 Still.Still Waters Run Deep. 

 
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