The meaning of, and background to, the well-known expression "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."
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Dec 4, 2002 Wordplay
D L A Gift H I T M
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
If you are given something for free don't find fault with it or examine it too
The reference is to the habit of checking a horses age by looking at its teeth. The longer the teeth the older the horse.
The earliest recorded use is in a work by St. Jerome in A.D. 420 written in Latin.
' Equi donati dentes non
It is also found in Russian and German texts.
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