Cutter's Law

Not to see a fellow want while we have cash in our purse. Cutter's law means the law of purse-cutters, robbers, brigands, and highwaymen.

“I must put you in cash with some of your old uncle's broad-pieces. This is cutter's law; we must not see a pretty fellow want, if we have cash ourselves.” —Sir W. Scott: Old Mortality, chap ix

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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