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do not spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar

Do not ruin something for an avoidable reason. "Ship" is thought to be a dialectical pronunciation of "sheep," and a "ha'porth" is a "halfpennyworth." Tar was used to protect sheep skin from flies (and thereby illness and death), so not having enough tar would contribute to the death of the sheep. You know your mom is going to be offended, so please call her before the dinner party—do not spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar.
See also: not, of, ship, spoil, tar

down with the haps

mod. knowing what’s happening; comfortable with what’s happening. (Streets.) Tell me what’s going on! I gotta be down with the haps.
See also: down, hap


n. things that are happening; events. (Streets.) Come in and tell me the haps.
See also: hap
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