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Never Look A Gift Horse in the Mouth

Are you ready to add another phrase to your list of English idioms? Today’s new idiom is one that your parents probably told you many times when you were growing up. It’s the expression Never Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth or Don’t Look at Gift Horse in the Mouth. Both English idioms mean Don’t be unthankful or unappreciative when someone gives you a gift.
According to the entry for
Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth on www.en.wiktionary.org this morning, this phrase comes from the introductory remarks to St. Jerome’s translation of the New Testament and was written as Equi donati dentes non inspiciunter or, roughly translated into English, A given horse’s teeth are not inspected. The message was that you shouldn’t check the age of a horse when someone is giving him to you as a gift.
We have all received gifts that we loved... and we have all received gifts that we, for whatever reason, didn’t like or couldn’t use - despite the best of intentions. What was the best gift that you have ever received? What was the worst gift? Did you have to remind yourself of the idiom
not to look a gift horse in the mouth when you accepted it?

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