broker than the 10 commandments
Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed Jan 19 21:47:35 UTC 2005
THE BACHELOR CYNIC, HE SAYS---
New York Times (1857-Current file); Oct 30, 1904; ProQuest Historical
Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2001)
"It's hard luck to be on your uppers, but no man would care to be as
completely broke as the Ten Commandments."
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> Subject: broker than the 10 commandments
>> Barry posted on this not long ago, citing a passage from a
> book by Louis Armstrong, as quoted in a review, from 1954.
> Wilson Gray responded that the expression was old and
> familiar, and someone else also responded, but if I read the
> archives correctly no one produced an example from before 1954.
> From Leave It to Psmith, by P. G. Wodehouse, originally published in
> [Freddie Threepwood:] "Are you really broke?"
> [Psmith:] "As broke as the Ten Commandments."
> p. 91
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