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 Bears are caught by Honey.Beard (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cutting the beard. The Turks think it a dire disgrace to have the beard cut. Slaves who serve in the seraglio have clean chins, as a sign of their servitude.   1
   Kissing the beard. In Turkey wives kiss their husband, and children their father on the beard.   2
   To make one’s beard (Chaucer). This is the French “Faire la barbe à quelqu’un,” and refers to a barber’s taking hold of a man’s beard to dress it, or to his shaving the chin of a customer. To make one’s beard is to have him wholly at your mercy.   3
   I told him to his beard. I told him to his face, regardless of consequences; to speak openly and fearlessly.   4

 Bears are caught by Honey.Beard (To). 


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