if two ride on a horse, one must ride behind

if two ride on a horse, one must ride behind

1598–9 SHAKESPEARE Much Ado about Nothing III. v. 34 An two men ride of a horse, one must ride behind.

c 1628 J. SMYTH Berkeley MSS (1885) III. 32 If two ride upon an horse one must sit behinde; meaninge, That in each contention one must take the [defeat].

1874 G. J. WHYTE-MELVILLE Uncle John I. x. There is an old adage..‘When two ride on a horse, one must ride behind.’

1942 V. RATH Posted for Murder VI. iii. There comes a point when you are very exasperating... ‘When two ride on one horse, one must ride behind.’ But I’m getting off for a while.

1986 A. CLARKE Mystery Lady (1988) iv. Collaboration on a book is an awkward business. If two people ride one horse, one of them must ride behind.

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