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if wishes were horses



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If one could readily have what one wanted, life would be easy. For example, Wendy would love a brand-new car for her sixteenth birthday but—if wishes were horses . This expression is a shortening of If wishes were horses, beggars would ride , first recorded about 1628 in a collection of Scottish proverbs.

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IFVIf wishes were horses, then beggars would ride