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 Carry Everything before One (To).Carry One’s Point (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Carry Fire in one Hand and Water in the other (To).
 
To say one thing and mean another; to flatter, to deceive; to lull suspicion in order the better to work mischief.   1
       
“Altera manu fert aquam, altera ignem.
Altera manu fert lapidem, altera panem ostentat.”
       
Plautus.
 


 Carry Everything before One (To).Carry One’s Point (To). 

 
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