The origin of this sixteenth century English saying is here explained to us by Tony Wootton and Gwen Zanzottera from Britain. I took it from their book – “By Hook Or By Crook”. The meaning of this phrase is quite plain and it is frequently used.
“Robbing Peter To Pay Paul”
This is a saying which goes back to the sixteenth century. St. Peter’s in Westminister, which had only been created a cathedral, was put back to being just an abbey Church. The estates belonging to the Church, and their income, were used to pay for urgent repairs to St. Paul’s cathedral, so the Churh authorities robbed Peter to pay Paul.
Well, here is the origin of another saying explained. We can certainly be more confident next time we use the saying. Happy learning.