you cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

you cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
Also used in the metaphorical phrase to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. In quot. 1546 tytifils comes from Titivil, formerly a common name for a demon.

a 1449 J. LYDGATE Minor Poems (EETS) 821 He..holdeth bothe with hounde and hare.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. x. C3 There is no mo [more] suche tytifils [scoundrels] in Englands grounde, To holde with the hare, and run with the hounde.

1694 Trimmer’s Confession of Faith I I can hold with the Hare, and run with the Hound: Which no Body can deny.

1896 M. A. S. HUME Courtships of Queen Elizabeth xii. Leicester, as usual, tried to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, to retain French bribes and yet to stand in the way of French objects.

1975 J. O’FAOLAIN Women in Wall v. Clotair’s henchmen say: ‘You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.’ The peasants have an even clearer way of putting this: ‘You cannot’, they say, ‘side with the cow and the clover’.


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