Shoe the Horse
(To). (French, Ferrer la mule.) Means to cheat one's
employer out of a small sum of money. The expression is derived from
the ancient practice of grooms, who charged their masters for
“shoeing,” but pocketed the money themselves.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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