Say

To take the say. To taste meat or wine before it is presented, in order to prove that it is not poisoned. The phrase was common in the reign of Queen Elizabeth

Nor deem it meet that you to him convey
The proffered bowl, unless you taste the say

Rose: Orlando Furioso, xxi. 61

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