blood is thicker than water

blood is thicker than water
Predominantly used to mean that a family connection will outweigh other relationships. Cf. 12th-cent. Ger. ouch hoer ich sagen, daz sippebluot von wassere niht verdirbet, also I hear it said that kin-blood is not spoiled by water; 1412 LYDGATE Troy Book (EETS) III. 2071 For naturely blod will ay of kynde Draw vn-to blod, wher he may it fynde.

1813 J. RAY English Proverbs (ed. 5) 281 Blood’s thicker than water.

1815 SCOTT Guy Mannering II. xvii. Weel—blood’s thicker than water—she’s welcome to the cheeses.

1914 WODEHOUSE Man upstairs & Other Stories 115 But though blood, as he was wont to remark while negotiating his periodical loans, is thicker than water, a brother-in-law’s affection has its limits.

2000 G. FARRELLY Duped by Derivatives i. 1 They say blood is thicker than water. That was all Theresa Clancy could think about that Wednesday morning when she opened the office door.


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