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What is the source, or earliest reference, I guess, of using the phrase, "בלי עין הרע"?

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Rabbi Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal (19th-20th century) uses the expression in משנה שכיר.The expression is also used here in this earlier 19th century work. My playing around with search engines suggests that the expression arose in the latter half of the 19th century.

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  • I think it is also mentioned somewhere n Baba Metzia.
    – NS23
    Feb 10, 2015 at 1:50
  • @NS23 you are thinking of 107b.
    – mevaqesh
    Feb 10, 2015 at 2:27
  • Why not address @NS23's comment in your answer?
    – Seth J
    Jul 25, 2016 at 15:43
  • @SethJ because as far as I am aware it has no bearing on the OP's question, or on my answer, as it merely mentions ayin hara, not the statement "bli ayin hara", an expression which as I noted does not appear until thousands of years later.
    – mevaqesh
    Jul 27, 2016 at 0:01

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