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An old man, sir, and his wits are not so blunt as, God help, I would desire they were; but, in faith, honest as the skin between his brows.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 5, l. 10-2.
Commenting on his assistant, Verges, and, as often, in the word "blunt" (means sharp) saying the opposite of what he means; "honest as the skin between his brows" is proverbial.
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