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 Quarrel.Quarrel with your Bread and Butter (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Quarrel.
 
To quarrel over the bishop’s cope—over something which cannot possibly do you any good; over goat’s wool. This is a French expression. The newly-appointed Bishop of Bruges entered the town in his cope, which he gave to the people; and the people, to part it among themselves, tore it to shreds, each taking a piece.   1
 


 Quarrel.Quarrel with your Bread and Butter (To). 

 
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