what's good for the goose is good for the gander

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander (1670s). Other early forms include “as deep drinketh the goose as the gander” (1562).[1][2]

Proverb[edit]

what's good for the goose is good for the gander

  1. What is good for a woman is equally good for a man; or, what a woman can have or do, so can a man have or do.
  2. What is good for one type is equally good for another type, despite any irrelevant differences between the types.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Heywood, The Proverbs, Epigrams, and Miscellanies of John Heywood, 1562, "as+deep+drinketh+the+goose+as+the+gander" p. 82
  2. ^ John Lyly, Euphues and his England, 1579/1580, “as deepe drinketh the Goose as the Gander”, note on p. 377