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 Sliding Scale.Slippers. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Many a slip ’twixt the cup and the lip. Everything is uncertain till you, possess it. (See ANCÆOS.)   1
“Multa cadunt inter calicem supremaque labra.”
   To give one the slip. To steal off unperceived; to elude pursuit. A seaphrase. In fastening a cable to a buoy, the home end is slipped through the hawse-pipe. To give the slip is to cut away the cable, so as to avoid the noise of weighing anchor.   2

 Sliding Scale.Slippers. 


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