(to rhyme with “now”). You have got the wrong sow by the
ear. Sow is a large tub with two ears or handles; it is used for
pickling or sowsing. The expression means, therefore, You have
got hold of the wrong vessel, or, as the Latin phrase has it, “Pro
amphorâ urceus” (You have brought me the little jug instead of the
great gotch). French, seau (a bucket).
You have got the right sow by the ear.
You have hit upon the very thing. Sow.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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