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 Lose the Day (To).Losing a Ship for a Ha’porth o’ Tar. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lose the Horse or win the Saddle.
 
Everything or nothing. “Aut Cæsar, aut nullus.” A man made the bet of a horse that another could not say the Lord’s Prayer without a wandering thought. The bet was accepted, but before half-way through the person who accepted the bet looked up and said, “By-the-bye, do you mean the saddle also?”   1
 


 Lose the Day (To).Losing a Ship for a Ha’porth o’ Tar. 

 
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