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even Homer nods

Definition of even Homer nods in English:

proverb Even the best person sometimes makes a mistake due to a momentary lack of alertness or attention.
[With allusion to Latin dormitat Homerus (Horace Ars Poetica 359)]
Example sentences
  • Well, even Homer nods, and what Eliot gives is sufficient to evoke the lines he has in mind.
  • But even Homer nods, and so does Nabokov, and to build whole-scale interpretations on details that seem much more explicable as errors is fraught with danger.
  • But even Homer nods, and Justice White penned a Brennanesque whopper in Garner.
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