sticks and stones

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sticks and stones

  1. Evocative of the saying "sticks and stones may (or will) break my bones, but words (or names) will never hurt (or harm) me".
    • 1957, Brendan Gill, The Day the Money Stopped
      ‘You cheap dead-beat son of a bitch.’ / ‘Sticks and stones.’
    • 1993, The Independent, 15 May
      He has come through the worst and now presents a stoical ‘sticks and stones’ front to his detractors.
    • 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (film)
      Elizabeth Swann: You're despicable!
      Jack Sparrow: Sticks and stones, love.

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