one may as well hang for a sheep as a lamb

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • Numerous variants, generally following this pattern: one may/might as well hang/be hanged/be hung for a sheep as [for] a lamb.

Etymology[edit]

Referring to hanging as a former means of execution for one who had stolen an animal.

Proverb[edit]

one may as well hang for a sheep as a lamb

  1. If one is going to commit a sin, it may as well be a major one as a minor one.

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