threatened men live long

threatened men live long
Cf. early 14th-cent. Fr. le[s] menaciez encore vivent, threatened men live long.

1534 LADY E. WHEATHELL in M. St. C. Byrne Lisle Letters II. ii. Ther es a nolde sayeng thretend men lyue long.

c 1555 in H. L. Collman Ballads of Elizabethan Period (1912) 69 It is a true prouerbe: the threatned man lyues long.

1607 T. HEYWOOD Fair Maid of Exchange II. 68 Threatened men live long.

1655 T. FULLER Church Hist. Britain VIII. iii. stop the sending of all supplies unto them... But threatned folke live long.

1865 G. W. THORNBURY Haunted London ii. Temple Bar was doomed to destruction by the City as early as 1790... ‘Threatened men live long.’.. Temple Bar still stands.

1930 A. CHRISTIE Murder at Vicarage iv. vowing vengeance against me, I hear. Impudent scoundrel. Threatened men live long, as the saying goes.

1980 L. EGAN Hunters & Hunted i. The threat was an old one; and, the proverb ran, threatened men live long.

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