darovanému koni na zuby nekoukej

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdarɔvanɛːmʊ ˈkɔɲɪ ˈnazʊbɪ ˈnɛkɔʊ̯kɛj/

EtymologyEdit

Literally: don't check the teeth of a gift horse.
Since horses' teeth grow over time, checking their length is a way of gauging old age, and therefore a sign of mistrust towards the giver. Although uncertain, the origin can be traced even further to St. Jerome's Latin translation equi donati dentes non inspiciuntur, from the Letter to the Ephesians, circa AD 400

ProverbEdit

darovanému koni na zuby nekoukej

  1. don't look a gift horse in the mouth