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gift horse

Something obtained at no charge, but not without an ultimate cost. According to legend, it was Odysseus who devised the scheme of leaving a huge wooden horse in front of the gates of Troy, which the Greeks were unable to conquer (the losing side of a war traditionally left a gift for the victors). The Trojans watched the Greeks depart then dragged the horse inside their walls. Soldiers who had been hiding inside the horse surreptitiously opened the gates, the Greeks stole back inside the gates, and the rest is history. The cautionary expression “beware Greeks bearing gift” is based on the legend, as is the phrase “gift horse.” Stated another way, there ain't no free lunch
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But free transfers are grist to Chelsea's mill and if Vialli can get in another of his mates, then he never looks a gift horse in the mouth.
There was a sting in the tail for winning connections as Gift Horse, winner of five races now including a Stewards' Cup at Goodwood, was later claimed by David Evans for pounds 8,000.
He looked the winner before Fallon produced Gift Horse.
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But Robertson is adamant Rangers' loss will be another club's gain and insists they have looked a gift horse in the mouth.
As for Keira Knightley, far right, hard as it might be to look a Karl Lagerfeld-shaped gift horse in the mouth.
The lottery grant will fund a programme called Gift Horse for adults with well-being concerns.
left her looking As for Keira Knightley, far right, hard as it might be to look a Karl Lagerfeld-shaped gift horse in the mouth.
But have you heard the expression "don't look a gift horse in the mouth"?
The ex-Leinster player wrote on Twitter: "Son, if I can give you one piece of advice, never look a gift horse in the mouth.
THE latest recruit to the 100 Club at Leicester this evening, the Mark Johnston-trained Copperwood, provides compelling proof you should never look a gift horse in the mouth, writes Graham Green.
NEVER look a gift horse in the mouth" is tempting advice - but then I looked into the Government's offer of a council tax freeze.
She went on to tell Lohan: ''There's something called looking a gift horse in the mouth.