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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Shoe the Horse (To).
(French, Ferrer la mule.) Means to cheat one’s employer out of a small sum of money. The expression is derived from the ancient practice of grooms, who charged their masters for “shoeing,” but pocketed the money themselves.   1

 Shoe the Cob’bler (To).Shoe the Wild Colt (To). 


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