Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Don't question the value of a gift. The proverb refers to the practice of evaluating the age of a horse by looking at its teeth. This practice is also the source of the expression “long in the tooth,” meaning old.
WHO SAID IT: A QUIZ ON PRESIDENTIAL WIT AND WISDOM
Think you know your presidents? Take this quiz and see if you can match the style, wit, and ideology of these memorable lines to the right POTUS.
Question 1 of 9
“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
Words nearby Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
don't hold your breath, Don't judge a book by its cover, don't-know, don't let the grass grow under one's feet, Don't lock the stable door after the horse has been stolen, Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, don't mention it, Don't put all your eggs in one basket, don't put off, Don't put the cart before the horse, Don't throw out the baby with the bath water
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