wordy wednesday: let sleeping dogs lie

Today’s idiom: let sleeping dogs lie

Meaning: don’t stir up trouble

Origin: This phrase can be found in 14th century France, “Do not wake the dog that sleeps,” and then later in 1374 Chaucer wrote, “It is nought good a sleepyng hound to wake.”  Later, in the 18th century it was said that the above phrase was  Sir Robert Walpole’s (the first Prime Minister of Great Britain) favorite.

Source: historically speaking.

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