Bis dat, qui cito dat (he gives twice who gives promptly)—
i.e. prompt relief will do as much good as twice the sum at a
future period (Publius Syrus Proverbs.)
Purple and bis, i.e.
purple and fine linen (Latin, byssus,
fine flax). The
spelling is sometimes biss, bys,
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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