Mule

Mahomet's favourite white mule was Daldah. (See Fadda .)

To shoe one's mule.
To appropriate part of the money committed to one's trust. This is a French locution-

Ferrer la mule- i.e. I'action d'un domestique qui trompe son maitre sur le prix réel des choses qu'il a achetées en son $$$. Elle doit son origine an pretexte, facile a employer, de la depense faite pour ferrer la mule. ” —Encyclopedic des Proverbes Franais.

“He had the keeping and disposall of the moneys, and yet shod not his own mule.” —History of Francion (1655).

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