GATHER UP ONE'S CRUMBS
GATHER UP THE CRUMBS,
PICK UP ONE'S CRUMBS
to 'pick up' or recover one's strength or health; to improve in condition ...1588 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1588 - See Example below
"...which by little and little our men beganne to gather vp their crums and to recouer some better strength..."
From: Anthony Ingram in:
The Principal Nauigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoueries of the English Nation
By: Richard Hakluyt, 1588
• A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, James Murray, 1887-1933
• A Dictionary of English Phrases, Albert M. Hyamson, 1922