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 Fox (The old).Fox. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Antipathy to foxes. Speaking of natural antipathies, Shakespeare makes Shylock say:   1
“Some men there be love not a gaping pig,
Some that are mad if they behold a cat.”
   Tycho Brahé would faint at sight of a fox, Marshal d’Albret at sight of a pig, Henri III. at sight of a cat. (See ANTIPATHY.)   2
   A wise fox will never rob his neighbour’s hen-roost, because it would soon be found out. He goes farther from home where he is not known.   3
   Every fox must pay his skin to the furrier. The crafty shall be taken in their own wiliness.   4
        “Tutte le volpi si trovano in pellicaria.”—Italian Proverb.
   To set a fox to keep the geese. (Latin, “Ovem lupo committere.”) He entrusted his money to sharpers.   5
   Fox (That). So our Lord called Herod Antipas, whose crafty policy was thus pointed at, “Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils” (St. Luke xiii. 32). (B.C. 4—A.D. 39.)   6
   Herod Agrippa I. (A.D. 41–44.) Herod Agrippa II. (A.D. 52–100.)   7

 Fox (The old).Fox. 


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