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It takes a thief to catch a thief

Posted by ESC on October 12, 2009 at 15:48

In Reply to: It takes a thief to catch a thief posted by Patrick Edwards on October 12, 2009 at 08:28:

: It takes a thief to catch a thief. Does anyone know the origin of this English Proverb?

: Thanks for your help.

Set a thief to catch a thief. Mid-seventeenth century proverb.
"Oxford Dictionary of Quotations," Fifth Edition, edited by Elizabeth Knowles (Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 2001). Page 310.