one nail drives out another


one nail drives out another
Cf. ARISTOTLE Politics 1314a ἥλῳ γὰρ ὁ ἧλος, ὥσπερ ἡ παροιμία, one nail knocks out another, according to the proverb.

a 1250 Ancrene Wisse (1962) 206 An neil driueth ut then other.

1555 J. HEYWOOD Two Hundred Epigrams no. 112 One nayle dryueth out an other.

1591 SHAKESPEARE Two Gentlemen of Verona II. iv. 189 As one nail by strength drives out another, So the remembrance of my former love Is by a newer object quite forgotten.

c 1645 J. HOWELL Familiar Letters 17 Sept. (1903) III. 87 Languages and words..may be said to stick in the memory like nails or pegs in a wainscot door, which used to thrust out one another oftentimes.

1852 E. FITZGERALD Polonius cxvii. One nail drives out another.

1979 V. CANNING Satan Sampler ix. He needed a home with a woman in it. One nail drove out another.


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