Don't judge a book by its cover

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The English idiom "don't judge a book by its cover" is a metaphorical phrase which means "you shouldn't prejudge the worth or value of something, by its outward appearance alone".[1]

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  1. ^ Hirsch, E. D., Joseph Francis Kett, and James Trefil. "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover". The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. 3rd edition. 2002. Print. *MLA Format*
  2. ^ "Judging a Book: New P. G. Wodehouse covers from W. W, Norton", The Quivering Pen, 20 June 2012.

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