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The meaning and origin of the expression: If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas

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If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas'?

Like many proverbs concerning animals, 'If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas' isn't really about dogs or fleas.

The meaning is that human failings like dishonesty or immorality are contagious. If you mix with bad people you will yourself become bad.

What's the origin of the phrase 'If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas'?

The phrase 'If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas' - meaning and origin.'If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas' is an early English proverb. It dates from the 16th century - a time when a close acquaintance with fleas was a more familiar experience than it is now.

The expression is first found in print in the English writer James J. Sanforde's Garden of Pleasure, 1573. The book was intended as a collection of proverbs and witty sayings. Sanforde described it as being "Done out of Italian into English", that is, translated, and its secondary purpose was to aid speakers of one language learn the other.

He that goeth to bedde wyth Dogges, aryseth with fleas.

See also: the List of Proverbs.

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