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I always wondered the meaning of this phrase, until I stumbled across this thread. That knowledge is nice, but the saying itself is now pretty antiquated.

Responses for modern equivalents?

  • Ways to express the same idea range from rather severe ("beggars can't be choosers") to almost jocular ("you can't beat the price"). – Sven Yargs Nov 28 '14 at 17:24
  • "Don't be such a bloody ingrate!" ? – Rusty Tuba Nov 28 '14 at 19:01
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    If the idiom is widely understood, why does it matter if it's "antiquated"? Most of the words you used to write this question are several hundred years old; is that a problem for you? – phenry Nov 28 '14 at 21:13
  • I agree @phenry. And part of the reason we use proverbs is to lend history's (or the collective wisdom of previous generation's) weight to an idea... – Rusty Tuba Nov 28 '14 at 21:19
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    I had a look at the thread you linked to, and no equivalent modern expressions were suggested there. So while I think a couple of the other commenters make a fair point about the usefulness of some proverbial expressions, I also think it's not unreasonable to ask if there's a more contemporary equivalent. – Erik Kowal Nov 30 '14 at 5:08
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“Don't look a gift horse in the mouth” synonyms?

ingratitude or to be ungrateful OED

  1. Want or absence of gratitude; indisposition to acknowledge or reciprocate benefits received; unthankfulness; ungratefulness.

As in:

Defeating ingratitude in our kids is largely dependent on them seeing gratitude in us. Fox News Nov 18, 2018

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  • The question asked for a modern equivalent to the phrase, not a single word defining the thing the phrase warns against. – nnnnnn Feb 27 at 7:57
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Related, but also antiquated: "Don't bite the hand that feeds you!"

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    "Don't bite the hand that feeds you" is only very tangentially related (if at all) to the OP's idiom; and it's antiquated and not a "modern equivalent". – Andrew Leach Nov 29 '14 at 9:13
  • is it really antiquated, is my speech that out of date, and this was 4 years ago – WendyG Jul 2 '19 at 9:37
  • I don't think this one is antiquated - old, sure, but still relevant in that we all still need to eat, and still need to feed our children, guests, pets, etc. But I agree that it's not a good synonym. – nnnnnn Feb 27 at 8:01

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