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Both of these expressions/phrases have similar uses:

I have half a mind to confront that person.

I'm going to give them a piece of my mind.

Were these separate but similar expressions translated from non-English phrases and became part of our vernacular or were these sayings "invented" by English speakers?

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The idiom "half a mind" was first used in George Shelvocke's A Voyage Around the World in 1726:

They had half a mind to refuse me a passage. (462)

"A piece of my mind" was first used in an English letter in 1572:

Thus am I bolde to unfolde a peece of my mynde.

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