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 Lose the Horse or win the Saddle.Loss. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Losing a Ship for a Ha’porth o’ Tar.
 
Suffering a great loss out of stinginess. By mean savings, or from want of some necessary outlay, to lose the entire article. For example, to save the expense of a nail and lose the horse-shoe as the first result, then to lame the horse, and finally perhaps kill it.   1
 


 Lose the Horse or win the Saddle.Loss. 

 
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