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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
From gold to nothing, like Man’drabul’s offering. Mandrabul, having found a gold-mine in Samos, offered to Juno a golden ram for the discovery; next year he gave a silver one, then a brazen one, and in the fourth year nothing. The proverb “to bring a noble to ninepence, and ninepence to nothing,” carries the same meaning.   1



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