MacGirdie's Mare

used by degrees to eat less and less, but just as he had reduced her to a straw a day the poor beast died. This is an old Greek joke, which is well known to schoolboys who have been taught the Analecta Minora. (See Waverley, p. 54.)

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