Yorkshire born and Yorkshire bred, strong in the arm and weak in the head

Yorkshire born and Yorkshire bred, strong in the arm and weak in the head
The names of other (chiefly, northern) English counties and towns are also used instead of Yorkshire.

1852 Notes & Queries 1st ser. V. 573 Derbyshire born and Derbyshire bred, Strong i’ th’ arm, and weak i’ th’ head.

1869 W. C. HAZLITT English Proverbs 273 Manchester bred: Long in the arms, and short in the head.

1920 C. H. DOUGLAS Credit-Power & Democracy vi. Organised labour at this time shows considerable susceptibility to the Border gibe of being ‘strong i’ th’ arm and weak i’ th’ head’.

1966 J. BINGHAM Double Agent ii. He thought, Yorkshire born and Yorkshire bred, strong in th’ arm and weak in’t head; but it wasn’t true, most of them were as quick as weasels and sharp as Sheffield steel.


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