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oats “have eaten the horses—The,” THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, iii. 2. 201. “There is still a ludicrous expression used when horses have stayed so long in a place as to have eaten more than they are worth, viz. that their heads are too big for the stable-door. I suppose Grumio has some such meaning” (STEEVENS) . Mr. Staunton compares a saying common in the stable now, The horses have eaten their heads off. Mr. Halliwell sees nothing here but a kind of blunder which “was a favourite one with the early English dramatists.”

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