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 Swan of Padua (The).Swan’imote. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Swans … Geese.
 
All your swans are geese. All your fine promises or expectations have proved fallacious. “Hope told a flattering tale.” The converse, All your geese are swans, means all your children are paragons, and whatever you do is in your own eyes superlative work.   1
 


 Swan of Padua (The).Swan’imote. 

 
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