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The meaning and origin of the expression: Neither a borrower nor a lender be

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Neither a borrower nor a lender be

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Neither a borrower nor a lender be'?

Literal meaning.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Neither a borrower nor a lender be'?

Portrait of William ShakespeareFrom Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1602:

LORD POLONIUS:
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

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