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 Stole (Latin, stola).Stomach. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Stolen Things are Sweet.
 
A sop filched from the dripping-pan, fruit procured by stealth, and game illicitly taken, have the charm of dexterity to make them the more palatable. Solomon says, “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret [i.e. by stealth] is pleasant.”   1
       
“From busie cooks we love to steal a bit
Behind their backs, and that in corners eat;
Nor need we here the reason why entreat;
All know the proverb, ‘Stolen bread is sweet.’”
       
History of Joseph, n. d.
 


 Stole (Latin, stola).Stomach. 

 
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