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set a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to the Devil

Definition of set a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to the Devil in English:

proverb Someone unaccustomed to power or luxury will abuse or be corrupted by it.
Example sentences
  • Or, as he says:— "When by the advice of that eminent physician, Dr. Lettsom, I purchased a horse, and saved my life by the exercise it afforded me, the old adage, 'Set a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to the devil,' was deemed fully verified."
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