You can pay the barber, but you can’t buy him breakfast.



17th century idiom.

a formal deductive logical device used in a debate that simultaneously agrees and disagrees with any proceeding statement or argument.

see also “it’s a dog-eat-dog world, winston churchill said that.”
a: al you old son of a b-tch, how you doing? how you feel about the dolphins? that call last night was aweful.

b: as far as i see it, you can pay the barber, but you can’t buy him breakfast.

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