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English definition of “why keep a dog and bark yourself?”

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why keep a dog and bark yourself?

UK saying
said when you want to know why someone would do something himself or herself when that person already pays someone else to do it
Translations of “why keep a dog and bark yourself?”
in Chinese (Traditional) 既然花錢找人代勞了,為何還親自動手?…
in Chinese (Simplified) 给了钱别人为你代劳,为何还亲自动手?…
(Definition of why keep a dog and bark yourself? from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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