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This phrase came from one of Rudyard Kipling's Twice Told Tales. These are children's stories with morals. They are all quite funny, but they do make a point that the kids remember. This one was about a leopard who took off his skin and had no spots, but still acted like a leopard and pounced on the other animals. Thus, "a leopard doesn't change its spots" means that you don't change your basic personality just by changing your appearance.

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The idiom "a leopard can't change its spots" is commonly attributed to The Bible's Book of Jeremiah.

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