Two cuts do not an EV price war make. Electric vehicles defy price war after Ford and Tesla discounts

The author seems likely to express: Two cuts do not make an EV price war. But I've never seen a sentence inversion like this. So are there any explanation and other examples?

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    From Lovelace's To Althea from Prison: Stone Walls do not a Prison make
    – asdf256
    Feb 6 at 5:27
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    Or in my mind more likely, 'one swallow does not a summer make', attributed to Aristotle, c.350 BC. Feb 6 at 7:49

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This particular phrase, "do not a...make," is a specific English idiom. So, while the word order certainly sounds unusual, it would be seen as invoking that idiom, rather than as a grammatical mistake.

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