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Curiosity killed the cat

People should mind their own business. This expression apparently first appeared in print in an O. Henry story in the early 1900s.

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Idioms and Phrases with curiosity killed the cat

curiosity killed the cat

It's best to mind one's own business. For example, Don't ask about his divorce—curiosity killed the cat. This cautionary expression sounds like the moral of some fable or folktale, but any such origin for it has been lost. The first recorded use was in O. Henry's Schools and Schools (1909).

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