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the cobbler should stick to his last

One should do what one is familiar with, experienced in, or skilled at, rather than trying something different and risking failure. After his failed attempts at writing books and hosting a television show, many think the ageing DJ should retire or return to radio— the cobbler should stick to his last.
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Let the cobbler stick to his last.

Prov. Do not advise someone in matters outside your area of expertise. Whenever Ted, who is a lawyer, tried to give Bob suggestions about how to write his novel, Bob would say, "Let the cobbler stick to his last." Bill: I don't think you should put so much oregano in the spaghetti sauce. Nancy: You're a construction worker, not a chef. Let the cobbler stick to his last.
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stick to one's last

Keep to what you know and don't interfere out of your province, as in Let me handle the defense in this suit; you stick to your last and track down more eyewitnesses . This adage comes from an ancient story about a shoemaker criticizing a work by a Greek painter named Apelles, saying that the shoe in the picture was not correctly portrayed. After the painter corrected it, the shoemaker pointed out an error in the leg, whereupon the painter said, "Shoemaker, do not go above your last." Over the centuries the story was repeated, and the expression still is sometimes put as cobbler, stick to your last, even though cobblers are nearly obsolete.
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A COBBLER is hanging up his boots - after repairing more than 300,000 pairs of shoes.
Along with champagne, Cobblers serves exclusive Colombian wine, a special range of prosecco, a selection of spirits and Japanese beer, plus tea and coffee too.
The win made it six games unbeaten for the Cobblers and lifted Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's team out of the drop zone.
PESHAWAR -- A prominent cobbler of Peshawar who claimed to have prepared a special footwear from deer's skin for Bollywood top star, Shahrukh Khan, has been arrested and charged under the Wildlife Act.
as they prepare to join the Cobblers in Leagye One next season.
Already confirmed as League Two champions, the Cobblers showed no signs of taking their feet off the gas.
The cobbler Floriano, like many others in the company's Florentine workshop, go through years of training.
Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) harks from four generations of cobblers and owns a shop in a rundown neighbourhood of the Lower East Side.
Max Simkin (Sandler) harks from four generations of cobblers and owns a shop in a rundown neighbourhood of the Lower East Side.
Cobblers with their tools and wares spread around them on floors near city hotspots and in residential areas are a common sight in Sharjah and Ajman.
That's when Kimball, who currently lives in California but is a Utah native, decided to leave his job in the construction industry and open COBBLER COVE, a dessert restaurant in STATION PARK in Farmington that serves up a variety of homemade fruit cobblers.
The Cobblers, who appointed Chris Wilder as their new manager on Monday following his departure from Oxford United, showed fine spirit to hit back after falling behind in the opening minute.
The cobblers who provide this service are dwindling.
A specialty shop that encourages customers to call ahead and then come pick up their piping hot fruit cobblers on the way home from work, Classic Cobbler sells its products by the slice or serving or in dinner, family, and party sizes.
Estopinal found some historical recipes for Cobblers made with Sherry and dessert wines.