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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
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Call a spade a spade.  Plutarch.  1
Figs he calls figs, a spade a spade.  2
“Never mind,” said Philip, “the Macedonians are a blunt people; they call a spade a spade.”  Kennedy’s Demosthenes, vol. i., p. 249.  3
He hath been at London to call a strea a straw and a waw a wall.  4
 
 
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