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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Little pitchers have long ears. Little folk or children hear what is said when you little think it. The ear of a pitcher is the handle, made in the shape of a man’s ear. The handle of a cream-ewer and of other small jugs is quite out of proportion to the size of the vessel, compared with the handles of large jars.   1



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