The Gold and Silver Shield. Two knights coming from different
directions stopped in sight of a trophy shield, one side of which was
gold and the other silver. Like the disputants about the colour of the
chameleon, the knights disputed about the metal of the shield, and from
words they proceeded to blows. Luckily a third knight came up at this
juncture, to whom the point of dispute was referred, and the disputants
were informed that the shield was silver on one side and gold on the
other. This story is from Beaumont's Moralities. It was
reprinted in a collection of Useful and Entertaining Passages in
The other side of the shield.
The other side of the question. The reference is to the “Gold and
Silver Shield.” (See above.)
That depends on which side of the shield you look at.
That depends on the standpoint of the speaker. (See above.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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