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 Neddy (a man’s name).Needs must when the Devil Drives. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Need Makes the old Wife Trot.
 
In German, “Die noth macht ein alte weib traben;” in Italian, “Bisogna fà trotterl a vecchia;” in French, “Besoin fait trotter la vicille;” the Scotch say, “Need gars naked men run.   1
 


 Neddy (a man’s name).Needs must when the Devil Drives. 

 
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