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 Leave some for Manners.Led Captain (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Leaves without Figs.
Show of promise without fulfilment. Words without deeds. Keeping the promise to the ear and breaking it to the sense. Of course, the allusion is to the barren figtree referred to in Luke xiii.   1

 Leave some for Manners.Led Captain (A). 

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