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Thread #20378   Message #3787698
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
28-Apr-16 - 07:23 PM
Thread Name: Tarry wool (what is it?)
Subject: RE: Tarry wool (what is it?)
Oxford Dictionaries; don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar
proverb Don't risk the failure of a large project by trying to economize on trivial things.
Referring to the use of tar to keep flies off sores on sheep (from dialect pronunciation of sheep as ship)

Tar put on cuts on sheep after shearing would not contaminate the fleece.