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cat “i' th' adage—Like the poor,” MACBETH, i. 7. 45. “The adage alluded to is, ‘The cat loves fish, but dares not wet her feet:

’ ‘Catus amat pisces, sed non vult tingere plantas’” (JOHNSON) “It is among Heywood's Proverbs, ed. 1598, Q 2: ‘The cat would eate fish, but she will not wette her feete’;”

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