as good be an addled egg as an idle bird

as good be an addled egg as an idle bird

1578 LYLY Euphues I. 325 If I had not bene gathered from the tree in the budde, I should beeing blowne haue proued a blast, and as good it is to bee an addle egge as an idle bird.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 681 As good be an addled Egg, as an idle Bird.

1974 D. CARTER Ghost Writer iii. The chickens are feeling the heat, poor creatures. I’m afraid I gave them a bit of a ticking off. As good be an addled egg, I told them, as an idle bird.


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