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Curiosity kill de cat an starvation bring it back.

Submitter comment: The first part of this saying is universal but the second
part suggests the story of the Prodigal Son from the Bible.

Keyword(s): an = and ; de = the

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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Shut yo do' an lick yo chil'.

Submitter comment: This is not a literal suggestion but means that one should
deal with personal matters privately and not let the whole
world be privy to your business.

Where learned: VIRGIN ISLANDS ; Saint Thomas

Keyword(s): an = and ; chile = child ; do = door ; lick = spank (punish) ; yo = your

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-00-1991

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