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

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

proverb Someone unaccustomed to power or luxury will abuse or be corrupted by it.
More 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."
See parent entry: beggar

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

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day bimble
Pronunciation: ˈbimbəl
verb
walk or travel at a leisurely pace