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CUSTOM

WHEN YOU ARE A CHILD AND LOSE A TOOTH, YOU PUT IT UNDER YOUR
PILLOW THAT NIGHT. THE TOOTH FAIRY COMES AND SWAPS MONEY
FOR THE TOOTH.

Submitter comment: MY PARENTS DID THIS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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CUSTOM

IF YOU EAT BLACK-EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY THSI WILL
BRING YOU LUCK THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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BELIEF-PROVERB

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE ; GEORGE PEABODY COLLEGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-24-1969

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SAYING

THAT'S ENOUGH TO MAKE A PREACHER CUSS.

Submitter comment: RESPONSE WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-22-1969

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SAYING

PAY THROUGH YOUR TEETH FOR IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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SAYING

LIGHTENING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-02-1969

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SAYING: EXPLETIVE

JUMPING JEHOVA-SPLAT!

Submitter comment: RESPONSE TO SOMETHING UNEXPECTED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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SAYING

DAY HELL FREEZES OVER.

Submitter comment: SAYING THAT MEANS YOU HAVE NO FAITH THAT WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD
WILL HAPPEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-22-1969

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SAYING

LAW-SE MERCY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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SAYING

WELL, BUST MY BREACHES.

Submitter comment: RESPONSE TO SOMETHING THAT HAS SURPRISED YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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SAYING

THIRD TIME IS CHARM.

Submitter comment: MEANS THE THIRD TIME YOU TRY SOMETHING, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK
AND SUCCEED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-27-1969

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SAYING

CAN I TAKE A RAIN CHECK ON THAT?

Submitter comment: MEANS--I CAN NOT ACCEPT YOUR PRESENT INVITATION, WOULD YOU
EXTEND ANOTHER ONE?

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-12-1969

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SAYING

I'LL BE A MONKEY'S UNCLE.

Submitter comment: SAYING USED WHEN YOU HEAR SOMETHING YOU DON'T BELIEVE, OR
SOMETHING THAT SURPRISES YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-12-1969

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SAYING

DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH.

Submitter comment: SAYING INFORMANT ALWAYS USED WHEN SHE GOT REAL EXCITED ABOUT
SOMETHING INDEFINITE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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SAYING: HUNGER

I'M SO HUNGRY, I COULD EAT A HORSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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SAYING: FIDGETY

GOT ANTS IN YOUR PANTS.

Submitter comment: MEANS YOU CAN'T SIT STILL AND BEHAVE YOURSELF.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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SAYING

CUTTING THE APRON STRINGS.

Submitter comment: MEANS GROWING UP AND LEAVING HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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POPULAR SAYING: BUSY-NESS

BUSY AS A CAT IN A HOT GRIDDLE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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SAYING

BUST A GUSSIT.

Submitter comment: SAYING THAT MEANS YOU ARE SO MAD OR HAPPY THAT YOU ARE ABOUT
TO EXPLODE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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PREDICTION: LUCK

IF YOU FIND A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants

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