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Teke frå "hanged" The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs. Ed. Jennifer Speake. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Opphavleg tekst:
«One might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb»

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Kontekst: Skal ein få ei straff, kan ein like godt gjera seg fortent til henne. Ordtaket stammar frå den tida det var dødsstraff for å stela sauer.
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  • As some desperate Wretches, Who dispairing of life still act the more villainy, giving this desperate Reason of it, As good be hanged for a great deal, as for a little. (N. Rogers, Rich Fool, 1662)
  • As good be hang'd for an old sheep as a young lamb. (J. Ray, English Proverbs. Ed. 2, 1678)
  • One might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb. If he had lost this day of his life, he had lost it. (D.H. Lawrence, Rainbow, 1915)
  • Letty..decided that she might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb and make the most of her meal. (B. Pym, Quartet in Autumn, 1977)
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«Ein kan like godt hengjast for ein sau som for eit lam.»


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«Ein kan like godt hengjast for ein sau som for eit lam.» Engelsk ordtak