knave englannista suomeksi
jätkä, sotamies, solttu
- Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave that, doting on his own obsequious bondage, wears out his time, much like his master's ass, For naught but provender, and when he's old – cashier'd! Whip me such honest knaves.
A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person.
1848-50, (w), ''Pendennis'', ch 44:
- He was a man whom scarcely any amount of fortune could have benefited permanently, and who was made to be ruined, to cheat small tradesmen, to be the victim of astuter sharpers: to be niggardly and reckless, and as destitute of honesty as the people who cheated him, and a dupe, chiefly because he was too mean to be a successful knave.
- I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
(quote-book), transl.|title=Canterbury Tales|The Canterbury Tales: Translated into Modern English|series=(w)|publisher=(w)|year=1951|year_published=1977|page=204|passage=God's bones! Whenever I go to beat those knaves / my tapsters, out she wife comes with clubs and staves, / "Go on!" she screams — and it's a caterwaul — / "You kill those dogs! Break back and bones and all!"