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look a gift horse in the mouth

Fig. to be ungrateful to someone who gives you something; to treat someone who gives you a gift badly. (Usually with a negative.) Never look a gift horse in the mouth. I advise you not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
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look a gift horse in the mouth

to criticize or refuse to take something that has been offered to you I know the car's not in great condition, but you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Usage notes: usually follows never or not, as in the example
Etymology: based on the idea that you can discover a lot about a horse's condition by looking at its teeth
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

not look a gift horse in the mouth

if someone tells you not to look a gift horse in the mouth, they mean that you should not criticize or feel doubt about something good that has been offered to you Okay, it's not the job of your dreams but it pays good money. I'd be inclined not to look a gift horse in the mouth if I were you.
See look a million dollars, have a face like thunder
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

look a gift horse in the mouth

Be critical or suspicious of something received at no cost. For example, Dad's old car is full of dents, but we shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. This term, generally expressed as a cautionary proverb ( Don't look a gift horse in the mouth), has been traced to the writings of the 4th-century cleric, St. Jerome, and has appeared in English since about 1500. It alludes to determining the age of a horse by looking at its teeth.
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

look a gift horse in the mouth

To be critical or suspicious of something one has received without expense.
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth
References in classic literature ?
To this the king returned some answer, which, although I could not understand, yet I replied as I had been directed: FLUFT DRIN YALERICK DWULDOM PRASTRAD MIRPUSH, which properly signifies, "My tongue is in the mouth of my friend;" and by this expression was meant, that I desired leave to bring my interpreter; whereupon the young man already mentioned was accordingly introduced, by whose intervention I answered as many questions as his majesty could put in above an hour.
In the paddles of the extinct gigantic sea-lizards, and in the mouths of certain suctorial crustaceans, the general pattern seems to have been thus to a certain extent obscured.
He said 'sorry, sorry', and then punched her in the mouth.
This is a full-bodied, well-balanced wine with plenty of flavor depth, nice and round in the mouth and decisively fruity.
One of the hottest new candies on the market is the Mega Warheads, which within seconds of placing in the mouth is guaranteed to cause the mouth to pucker and the eyes to water.