sell something for a mess of pottage

sell something for a mess of pottage
sell something for a ridiculously small amount
Origin:
with biblical allusion to the story of Esau, who sold his birthright for some bread and pottage of lentils (Gen. 25:31)

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  • sell your birthright for a mess of pottage — If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. Sell your soul for a mess of pottage is an alternative form …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • sell your birthright for a mess of pottage —    If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. Sell your soul for a mess of pottage is an alternative form.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage —   If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. Sell your soul for a mess of pottage is an alternative form …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • sell one's birthright for a mess of pottage — verb To make an unfavorable exchange, especially of something of great, but deferred value for something of very low, but immediate value …   Wiktionary

  • Mess of pottage — The phrase mess of pottage means something of little value, with a pottage being a type of soup. Though it can appear in general use, it is usually associated with the exchange by Esau of his birthright for a meal of lentil stew, as described in… …   Wikipedia

  • mess of pottage — noun Something of trivial value, especially of immediate value. See Also: sell ones birthright for a mess of pottage …   Wiktionary

  • sell — I. verb (sold; selling) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sellan; akin to Old High German sellen to sell, Greek helein to take Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to deliver or give up in violation of duty, trust, or loyalty… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Franceway Ranna Cossitt — (April 24, 1790 February 3, 1863) was an early Cumberland Presbyterian Minister and the first stated clerk of the Cumberland Presbyterian General Assembly in 1829. Was also the founder of Cumberland College in Princeton Kentucky, in 1825, which… …   Wikipedia

  • William Lloyd Garrison: The Dangers of Slavery (1829) — ▪ Primary Source       Antislavery movements had existed in the United States since the Revolution. They had even received occasional support in the South, on moral grounds; but the invention of the cotton gin in 1793 made slavery a seeming… …   Universalium

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