ne'er cast a clout til May be out

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

May here refers to the common name of the hawthorn bush, whose blossom indicates the arrival of summer, or warmer weather.

Note: this definition contradicts the example below

ProverbEdit

ne'er cast a clout til May be out

  1. (regional) Advice not to change from winter clothes to summer clothes until June, as there is often a sudden cold snap in May.

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Last modified on 9 October 2013, at 01:10