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Headword: *qala/tth| e)k xara/dras u(/dwr
Adler number: theta,9
Translated headword: water out of a gulley (added) to the sea
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those striving to add small things to big ones. Likewise "a lump of earth [added] to a field."
Greek Original:
*qala/tth| e)k xara/dras u(/dwr: e)pi\ tw=n toi=s mega/lois ta\ mikra\ prosfilotimoume/nwn. o(moi/ws tw=| bw=los a)/roura.
See already beta 483 for these two sayings in reverse. (Both also have a suggestion of "coals to Newcastle", for which see under gamma 279.)
Keywords: daily life; ethics; geography; proverbs
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 12 December 1999@15:17:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keyword) on 26 August 2001@10:25:18.
David Whitehead (tweaks; raised status) on 21 January 2008@10:15:19.
David Whitehead (tweak) on 21 June 2011@11:36:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 23 December 2012@08:23:25.


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