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The meaning and origin of the expression: Blood is thicker than water

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Blood is thicker than water


So it is, but this proverb hasn't to do with measures of viscosity. The expression, meaning that family bonds are closer than those of outsiders.


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Of course, blood really is thicker than water.
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This is first cited in Sir Walters Scott's work Guy Mannering; or the astrologer, 1815:

"Weel, blude's thicker than water; she's welcome to the cheeses and the hams just the same."

Given Scott's facility for coining new phrases it may well be that this was his own work too.

See also - phrases coined by Sir Walter Scott.

See also: the List of Proverbs.