(Anglo-Saxon lást, a footstep, a shoemaker's last.) The cobbler should stick to his last (“Ne sutor ultra
cre&pacute;idam”). Apelles having executed a famous painting,
exposed it to public view, when a cobbler found fault because the
painter had made too few latchets to the goloshes. Apelles amended the
fault, and set out his picture again. Next day the cobbler complained
of the legs, when Apelles retorted, “Keep to the shop, friend, but do
not attempt to criticise what you do not understand.” (See Wigs.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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