spare the rod and spoil the child


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spare the rod and spoil the child

axiomatic admonition. [O.T.: Proverbs 13:24]
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There's a bundle of truth in the saying from the Victorian period, spare the rod and spoil the child.
Spare the rod and spoil the child, they used to say, when beating children was still socially acceptable.
After 15 or 20 years this is the result: spare the rod and spoil the child.