- Walter Skeat's Glossary of Tudor and Stuart Words, 1914.
A proverbial expression, when a person was either awed by threats or overreached by subtlety, to give money upon a trifling or fictitious consideration.
- Robert Nares' Gloassary of the Works of English Authors, 1859.
Mine honest friend, will you take eggs for money?
- William Shakespear's Winter's Tale, 1611.