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Keeping Dogs and Barking Yourself

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Mike in Jacksonville, Florida, is curious about the phrase There’s no use in keeping the dogs and doing the barking yourself. His dad would use it when delegating a chore to one of his kids. As early as the 1500s, the proverb Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself was circulating in English. The idea is that it’s a waste to hire or procure someone else to do a job but then try to do it yourself. This is part of a complete episode.

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