let the cobbler stick to his last

let the cobbler stick to his last proverb people should only concern themselves with things they know something about. [ORIGIN: translating Latin ne sutor ultra crepidam.]
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  • let the cobbler stick to his last — Attributed to the Greek painter Apelles (4th cent. BC): see quot. 1721. The ‘shoemaker’ variant is a long standing one in British proverb lore, but is now mainly North American. A last is a wooden or metal model on which a shoemaker fashions… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • let the cobbler stick to his last — proverb people should only concern themselves with things they know something about Origin: translating Latin ne sutor ultra crepidam …   Useful english dictionary

  • the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock — A fanciful variant of the preceding proverb (let the cobbler stick to his last). A linstock is a staff with a forked head to hold a lighted match. 1748 SMOLLETT Roderick Random II. xlii. I meddle with no body’s affairs but my own; The gunner to… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • cobbler — ► NOUN 1) a person whose job is mending shoes. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a fruit pie with a rich, cake like crust. 3) (cobblers) Brit. informal nonsense. [ORIGIN: originally in the sense «testicles»: from rhyming slang cobbler s awls «balls».] ● let… …   English terms dictionary

  • last — noun see let the cobbler stick to his last the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock adjective see the last drop makes the cup run over it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • cobbler — see let the cobbler stick to his last the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • let — see let well alone let the cobbler stick to his last let the dead bury the dead let them laugh that win live and let live let sleeping dogs lie spare at the spigot, and l …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • stick — noun see it is easy to find a stick to beat a dog up like a rocket, down like a stick speak softly and carry a big stick sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me verb see let the cobbler stick to his last …   Proverbs new dictionary

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