let the buyer beware

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Calque of Latin caveat ēmptor.

Verb[edit]

let the buyer beware

  1. It is the buyer’s responsibility to ensure the soundness of goods or services prior to his purchase of them.
    • 1645 March 4th, John Milton, “Tetrachordon, or Expoſitions upon the four chief place of Scripture which treat of Marriage, or Nullities in Marriage” in A Complete Collection of the Hiſtorical, Political, and Miſcellaneous Works of John Milton, both Engliſh and Latin, volume 1 (1698), page 348
      Why ſhould his own error bind him, rather then the others fraud acquit him? Let the buyer beware, ſaith the old Law-beaten termer.