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 Quarrel.Quarrel with your Bread and Butter (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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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