three things are not to be trusted: a cow’s horn, a dog’s tooth, and a horse’s hoof

three things are not to be trusted: a cow’s horn, a dog’s tooth, and a horse’s hoof
Cf. 13th-cent. Fr. dent de chael, pé de cheval, cul d’enfant ne sunt pas a crere, a dog’s tooth, a horse’s hoof, and a baby’s bottom are not to be trusted.

c 1383 JOHN OF FORDUN Scotichronicon (1759) II. XIV. xxxii. Till horsis fote thou never traist, Till hondis tooth, no womans faith.

1585 S. ROBSON Choice of Change K2 Trust not 3 things. Dogs teeth. Horses feete. Womens Protestations.

1910 P. W. JOYCE English as We speak it in Ireland 110 Three things are not to be trusted—a cow’s horn, a dog’s tooth and a horse’s hoof.

1948 T. H. WHITE Elephant & Kangaroo xiii. He was..beginning to worry about being employed by a venomous Englishman. ‘Four things not to trust,’ said the Cashelmor proverb: ‘a dog’s tooth, a horse’s hoof, a cow’s horn, and an Englishman’s laugh.’


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