I think by some odd gimmers or device, Their arms are set like clocks, still to strike on; Else neer could they hold out so as they do. Shakespeare.King Henry VI., Part I. Act I. Scene 2. (Reignier to Alençon.)
A strange fish! were I in England now (as once I was,) and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver; there would this monster make a man; any strange beast there makes a man; when they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian. Shakespeare.Tempest, Act II. Scene 2. (Trinculo.)
The labring poor in spite of double pay, Are saucy, mutinous, and beggarly; So lavish of their money and their time, That want of forecast is the nations crime. Good drunken company is their delight; And what they get by day they spend by night. Defoe.The True-born Englishman, Part II.