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Re: Mutton dressed as lamb

Posted by R.Berg on June 07, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Mutton dressed as lamb posted by Gary on June 07, 2003

: : I've always thought that this was a very descriptive phrase, and have seen many examples of people who conformed to it. Was the phrase coined by some notable figure like Shakespeare or Chaucer, or is it just some anonymous, common usage?

: Could be by some notable, but isn't from the usual suspects, the Bible or Shakespeare.

It seems to be 19th-century slang. See this discussion from the archives:
http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/12/messages/71.html
(link below).