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 What we Gave we Have, What we Spent we Had, What we Had we Lost.Whately, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
What’s What.
 
He knows what’s what. He is a shrewd fellow not to be imposed on. One of the senseless questions of logic was “Quid est quid?   1
       
“He knew what’s what, and that’s as high
As metaphysic wit can fly.”
       
Butler: Hudibras, part i. canto 1.
 


 What we Gave we Have, What we Spent we Had, What we Had we Lost.Whately, 

 
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