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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Pretence
 
If you want a pretence to whip a dog, it is easy enough to say he ate up the frying-pan.  1
On a little pretext the wolf seizes the sheep.  Italian, Dutch.  2
You have daily to do with the devil and pretend to be frightened at a mouse.  3
You pretend the public but intend yourself.  4
You pretend to be a visitor, but are really a spy.  5
 
 
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