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  • A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
    is used for:

  • A fool and his money are soon parted.
    is used to :

  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
    means that:

  • A fly in the ointment.
    expression for:

  • A fault confessed is half redressed.
    meaning that:

  • A fair face may hide a foul heart.
    used to say that:

  • A drowning man will catch at a straw.
    is said for:

  • A drop in the bucket.
    idiom meaning:

  • A danger foreseen is half avoided.
    meaning that:

  • There are more ways of killing a cat than by choking it with cream
    meaning that:

  • A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.
    is said for:

  • A cracked bell can never sound well.
    meaning that:

  • A cock is valiant on his own dunghill.
    is used for:

  • A close mouth catches no flies.
    implies that:

  • A clear conscience laughs at false accusations.
    meaning that:

  • A clean hand wants no washing.
    is said for:

  • A clean fast is better than a dirty breakfast.
    used to say that:

  • A civil denial is better than a rude grant.
    meaning:

  • A city that parleys is half gotten.
    suggests that:

  • A cat in gloves catches no mice.
    suggests that:

  • A burnt child dreads the fire.
    is said for:

  • A burden of one’s own choice is not felt.
    meaning that:

  • A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound.
    suggests that:

  • A blind man would be glad to see.
    is said for:

  • A blind leader of the blind.
    is applied to:

  • A black hen lays a white egg.
    meaning:

  • A bird is known by its song, a man by his words.
    it means that:

  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
    suggests that:

  • A friend to all is a friend to none.
    It means that :

  • You can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy.
    means that:

  • A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
    said for :

  • A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.
    it means that:

  • A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
    meaning that:

  • Everybody's business is nobody's business.
    meaning that:

  • A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.
    meaning:

  • Start is the half of everything.
    is meaning that:

  • A fool may throw a stone into a well which a hundred wise men can not get out.
    meaning that:

  • A fool’s tongue runs before his wit.
    is said for:

  • A forced kindness deserves no thanks.
    meaning that:

  • Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning..
    suggests that:

  • A fox is not taken twice in the same snare.
    it means:

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
    it means:

  • Better late than never.
    suggests that:

  • Half a loaf is better than no bread
    suggests that:

  • A friend’s frown is better than a foe’s smile.
    it means that:

  • A good anvil does not fear the hammer
    means that:

  • It takes all sorts to make a world.
    means that:

  • Another day, another dollar.
    shows:

  • A good deed is never lost.
    it means that:

  • A good dog deserves a good bone.
    it means that:

  • A good example is the best sermon.
    it means that:

  • A good face is a letter of recommendation.
    it means that:

  • A good Jack makes a good Jill.
    is said for:

  • A good marksman may miss.
    is used for:

  • A good name is better than riches.
    it means that:

  • A good name is sooner lost than won.
    meaning that:

  • A good name keeps its luster in the dark.
    means that:

  • A good husband makes a good wife.
    it implies that:

  • A great dowry is a bed full of brambles.
    because :

  • The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.
    said to mean that:

  • A great ship asks deep waters.
    it means that:

  • A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
    it implies that:

  • A hard nut to crack.
    refers to:

  • A heavy purse makes a light heart.
    signifies that:

  • A hedge between keeps friendship green.
    it means that:

  • A honey tongue, a heart of gall.
    is used for:

  • A hungry belly has no ears.
    means that:

  • A hungry man is an angry man.
    used to say that:

  • A Jack of all trades is master of none.
    said for :

  • A Joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend.
    said to mean that:

  • A cat may look at a king.
    used to say that:

  • A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy.
    means that:

  • A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth.
    expresses that:

  • A lie begets a lie.
    expression meaning that :

  • A light purse is a heavy curse.
    idiom meaning that:

  • A light purse makes a heavy heart.
    means that:

  • As drunk as a lord
    expression meaning:

  • A little fire is quickly trodden out.
    said to mean that:

  • It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white so long as it catches mice
    meaning that:

  • You cannot catch old birds with chaff.
    means that:

  • A man is known by the company he keeps.
    suggests that:

  • Dont't change horses in mid-stream
    advices that:

  • A miserly father makes a prodigal son.
    obviously:

  • A miss is as good as a mile.
    expression that :

  • A new broom sweeps clean.
    said when:

  • A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool.
    expresses that:

  • A penny saved is a penny gained.
    means that:

  • A penny soul never came to twopence.
    means:

  • A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
    means that:

  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
    means that:

  • A round peg in a square hole.
    idiom for:

  • A shy cat makes a proud mouse.
    said of:

  • A silent fool is counted wise.
    or else :

  • A small leak will sink a great ship.
    used to say that:

  • A soft answer turns away wrath.
    suggests that:

  • A sound mind in a sound body.
    expresses that:

  • Be carefull what you pray for, you might get it.
    warning that:

  • A storm in a teacup.
    is used for:

  • A change is as good as a rest
    suggests that:

  • A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf.
    similar:

  • A thief passes for a gentleman when stealing has made him rich.
    used to say that:

  • A threatened blow is seldom given.
    suggests that:

  • A tree is known by its fruit.
    signifies that:

  • A wager is a fool’s argument.
    in other words:

  • A watched pot never boils.
    indicates that:

  • A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.
    states that:

  • A wolf in sheep’s clothing.
    expression for:

  • A wonder lasts but nine days.
    implies that:

  • A word is enough to the wise.
    used for saying that:

  • A word spoken is past recalling.
    means that:

  • Actions speak louder than words.
    It means that :

  • Adversity is a great schoolmaster.
    it means that:

  • Adversity makes strange bedfellows.
    means that:

  • After a storm comes a calm.
    means that:

  • After dinner comes the reckoning.
    used to say that:

  • After dinner sleep a while, after supper walk a mile.
    suggests that:

  • After rain comes fair weather.
    meaning:

  • After us the deluge.
    expression stating :

  • Agnes come on horseback, but go away on foot.
    said when:

  • Cheaters never prosper
    said for :

  • All are not friends that speak us fair.
    indicates that:

  • All are not hunters that blow the horn.
    used to say that:

  • All are not merry that dance lightly.
    meaning that:

  • All are not saints that go to church.
    said for :

  • All asses wag their ears.
    suggests that:

  • All bread is not baked in one oven.
    maybe:

  • All cats are grey in the dark.
    meaning:

  • All covet, all lose.
    said to mean that:

  • All doors open to courtesy.
    used to say that:

  • All is fish that comes to his net.
    advices that:

  • All is not lost that is in peril.
    means that:

  • All is well that ends well.
    is said for:

  • All lay load on the willing horse.
    suggests that:

  • All men can’t be first.
    literaly:

  • The bread never falls but on its buttered side.
    suggests that:

  • All promises are either broken or kept.
    said when:

  • All roads lead to Rome .
    means that:

  • All sugar and honey.
    said for :

  • All that glitters is not gold.
    means that:

  • What is bread in the bone will come out in the flesh.
    states that:

  • All things are difficult before they are easy.
    signifies that:

  • All truths are not to be told.
    meaning:

  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    used to say that:

  • "Almost" never killed a fly
    is said for:

  • Child is father of the man
    expresses that:

  • Brevity is the soul of wit.
    means that:

  • Catching is before hunging.
    signifies that:

  • A hole is but a hole, though laden with gold.
    said to mean that:

  • Never choose your women or your linen by candlelight.
    warning that:

  • An empty hand is no lure for a hawk.
    informs that:

  • An empty sack cannot stand upright.
    said to mean that:

  • An empty vessel gives a greater sound than a full barrel.
    means that:

  • An evil chance seldom comes alone.
    suggests that:

  • Two boys are half a boy, and three boys are no boy at all.
    said to mean that:

  • An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.
    because:

  • An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.
    meaning that:

  • An ill wound is cured, not an ill name.
    suggests that:

  • An oak is not felled at one stroke.
    means that:

  • You cannot make bricks without straw.
    means that:

  • An open door may tempt a saint.
    means that:

  • An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning.
    it is better:

  • An ox is taken by the horns, and a man by the tongue.
    used to say that:

  • An unfortunate man would be drowned in a teacup.
    said for :

  • Anger and haste hinder good counsel.
    because:

  • Let bygones be bygones
    means that:

  • Appearances are deceitful.
    suggests that:

  • Appetite comes with eating.
    suggests that:

  • a clever hawk hides its claws
    suggests that:

  • Let the cobbler stick to his last
    used to mean that:

  • As like as an apple to an oyster.
    expression empphasizes :

  • A civil question deserves a civil answer
    used to say that:

  • As old as the hills.
    expression meaning:

  • As plain as the nose on a man’s face.
    said for :

  • As plain as two and two make four.
    used to say that:

  • As snug as a bug in a rug .
    meaning:

  • As sure as eggs is eggs.
    said when:

  • Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.
    is said for:

  • As he bell clinks, so the fool thinks.
    used to say that:

  • As the old cock crows, so does the young.
    meaning:

  • As the tree falls, so shall it lie.
    used to mean that:

  • As the tree, so the fruit.
    used to say that:

  • As welcome as flowers in May.
    expression meaning :

  • As welcome as water in one’s shoes.
    means:

  • As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.
    used to say that:

  • As you brew, so must you drink.
    means that:

  • As you make your bed, so must you lie on it.
    means that:

  • As you sow, so shall you reap.
    means that:

  • Ask no questions and you will be told no lies.
    means that:

  • Go to the ends of the earth.
    meaning:

  • Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune .
    implies that:

  • Bad news has wings.
    denotes that:

  • Barking dogs seldom bite.
    means that:

  • Be slow to promise and quick to perform.
    advices:

  • Any port in a storm.
    means that:

  • Beauty draws with a single hair.
    denotes that:

  • Beauty lies in lover’s eyes.
    means that:

  • Before one can say Jack Robinson.
    said when:

  • Before you make a friend eat a bushel of salt with him.
    it means that:

  • Beggars cannot be choosers.
    advices that:

  • Believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see.
    advices that:

  • Best defense is offense.
    suggests that:

  • Common fame is seldom to blame
    means that:

  • Better a lean peace than a fat victory.
    meaning that:

  • Better a little fire to warm us, than a great one to burn us.
    signify that :

  • Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
    suggests that:

  • Better an open enemy than a false friend.
    meaning:

  • Better be alone than in bad company.
    states that:

  • Better be born lucky than rich.
    expresses that:

  • Better be envied than pitied.
    indicates that:

  • Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
    means that:

  • Better deny at once than promise long.
    advices that:

  • Better die standing than live kneeling.
    suggests that:

  • You cannot judge a tree by its bark.
    means that:

  • Better give a shilling than lend a half-crown.
    signifies that:

  • Better go to bed supperless than rise in debt,
    suggests that:

  • If anything can go wrong, it will.
    means that:

  • Better lose a jest than a friend.
    expresses that:

  • Better one-eyed than stone-blind.
    states that:

  • Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
    signifies that:

  • Better the foot slip than the tongue.
    expresses that:

  • Better to do well than to say well
    idiom meaning that:

  • Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.
    suggests that:

  • Better unborn than untaught.
    emphasizes:

  • Better untaught than ill-taught.
    suggests that:

  • Many things happen between the cup and the lip
    expresses that:

  • Between the devil and the deep sea.
    used when:

  • Between two evils it is not worth choosing.
    suggests that:

  • Between two stools one falls to the ground.
    refers to:

  • Between the upper and nether millstone.
    used when:

  • Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.
    states that:

  • Beware of a silent dog and still water.
    it is believed:

  • Bind the sack before it be full.
    advices to:

  • Birds of a feather flock together.
    means that:

  • Blind men can judge no colours.
    means that:

  • Blood is thicker than water.
    means that:

  • Borrowed garments never fit well.
    expresses that:

  • Brevity is the soul of wit.
    declares that:

  • Burn not your house to fright the mouse away
    advices:

  • Business before pleasure.
    expression empphasizing :

  • By doing nothing we learn to do ill.
    suggests that:

  • By hook or by crook.
    means:

  • An ape is an ape, a varlet is a varlet, though they be clad in silk or scarlet.
    expresses that:

  • Calamity is man’s true touchstone.
    suggests that:

  • Civility costs nothing
    expresses that:

  • Catch the bear before you sell its skin.
    similar to:

  • Caution is the parent of safety.
    advices that:

  • Charity begins at home.
    signifies that:

  • Cheapest is the dearest (=most expencive).
    said to mean that:

  • Cheek brings success.
    suggests that:

  • Children and fools must not play with edged tools.
    means that:

  • Children are poor men’s riches.
    suggests that:

  • Choose an author as you choose a friend.
    because:

  • Christmas comes but once a year.
    meaning that:

  • Brag is a good dog, but Holdfast is better.
    indicates that:

  • Circumstances alter cases.
    means that:

  • Claw me, and I will claw you.
    meaning:

  • Cleanliness is next to godliness.
    signifies:

  • Company in distress makes trouble less.
    similar:

  • Confession is the first step to repentance.
    supposes that :

  • Counsel is no command.
    clarifies that:

  • Creditors have better memory than debtors.
    because:

  • Cross the bridge when you come to it
    advices:

  • Crows do not pick crow’s eyes.
    meaning that:

  • Curiosity killed the cat.
    it states:

  • No cure no pay.
    expression meaning that :

  • Custom is a second nature.
    used to say that:

  • Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools.
    said to mean that:

  • Cut your coat according to your cloth.
    meaning:

  • Death is the grand leveler.
    means that:

  • Death pays all debts.
    means that:

  • Comparisons are odious
    suggests that:

  • The city for wealth, the country for health
    used to say that:

  • Deeds, not words.
    states that:

  • Delays are dangerous.
    suggests that:

  • Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
    means that:

  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.
    used to say that:

  • Diseases are the interests of pleasures.
    expresses that:

  • Divide and rule.
    refers to:

  • Do as you would be done by.
    signifies that:

  • Dog does not eat dog.
    suggests that:

  • He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches
    means:

  • Dirty water will quench fire
    suggests that:

  • Doing is better than saying.
    the best way:

  • Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.
    it means that:

  • Don’t cross the bridge before you come to it.
    advices :

  • Don’t have your cloak to make when it begins to rain,
    suggests that:

  • Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself.
    advices that:

  • Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
    meaning:

  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
    means that:

  • Don’t sell the bear’s skin before you’ve caught it.
    used to mean that:

  • Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.
    advices:

  • Don’t whistle until you are out of the wood.
    meaning:

  • Dot your i’s and cross your t’s.
    means that:

  • Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed.
    used to say:

  • If the cap fits, wear it.
    is said for :

  • Drunken days have all their tomorrow.
    states that:

  • Drunkenness reveals what soberness conceals.
    means that:

  • Dumb dogs are dangerous.
    used to mean that:

  • Each bird loves to hear himself sing.
    indicates that:

  • Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
    advices:

  • The apple never falls far from the tree.
    declares that :

  • Easier said than done.
    said for :

  • East or West ? home is best.
    expression meaning that :

  • Easy come, easy go.
    suggests that:

  • Eat at pleasure, drink with measure.
    expression advising :

  • Empty vessels make the the most sound (or noice).
    suggests that:

  • Enough is as good as a feast.
    means that:

  • Envy shoots at others and wounds itself.
    considers that:

  • Even reckoning makes long friends.
    signifies that:

  • Every donkey loves to hear himself bray.
    said for :

  • He that is master of himself, will soon be master of masters
    said to mean that:

  • Every bean has its black.
    said to mean that:

  • Every bird likes its own nest.
    similar to:

  • The company makes the feast
    proposes that:

  • Coming events cast their sahdows before
    suggests that:

  • Clogs to clogs in three generations
    used to say that:

  • Every day is not Sunday.
    means that:

  • Every dog has his day.
    suggests that:

  • Every dog is a lion at home.
    said to mean that:

  • Every dog is valiant at his own door.
    means that:

  • Every Jack has his Jill.
    means that:

  • Every man has a fool in his sleeve.
    suggests that:

  • Every rose has its thorns.
    means that:

  • Every man has his hobby-horse.
    used when:

  • An army marches on its stomach.
    states that:

  • Every man to his taste.
    meaning:

  • Every miller draws water to his own mill.
    meaning that:

  • Every mother thinks her own gosling a swan.
    meaning that:

  • Every one’s faults are not written in their foreheads.
    said to mean that:

  • Every tub must stand on its own bottom.
    declares that:

  • Every white has its black, and every sweet its sour.
    means that:

  • Every why has a wherefore.
    means:

  • Everybody’s business is nobody’s business.
    said when:

  • Everything comes to him who waits.
    said to mean that:

  • Everything is good in its season.
    or:

  • Do right and fear no man.
    means that:

  • Experience is the mother of wisdom.
    means that:

  • Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other.
    said to mean that:

  • Experience keeps no school, she teaches her pupils singly.
    meaning:

  • Extremes meet.
    said to mean that:

  • He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still
    expression stating that:

  • Faint heart never won fair lady.
    meaning that:

  • Fair without, foul within.
    suppose:

  • False friends are worse than open enemies.
    suggests that:

  • Familiarity breeds contempt.
    it means that:

  • Far from eye, far from heart.
    states that:

  • Confess ang be hanged
    suggests that:

  • Faults are thick where love is thin.
    suggests that:

  • Feast today and fast tomorrow.
    advices:

  • Fine feathers make fine birds.
    said to mean that:

  • Fine words butter no parsnips.
    indicates that:

  • First catch your hare.
    shows that:

  • First come, first served.
    expression meaning that :

  • First deserve and then desire.
    means that:

  • First think, then speak.
    advices that:

  • Fish and visitors stink in three days.
    suggests that:

  • Fish begins to stink at the head.
    meaning that:

  • It is good to make a bridge of gold to a flying enemy.
    suggests that:

  • Fool’s haste is no speed.
    means that:

  • Fools and madmen speak the truth.
    because:

  • Fools grow without watering.
    used to say that:

  • Fools may sometimes speak to the purpose.
    said to mean that:

  • Give credit where credit is due
    expresses that:

  • Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven
    expresses the belief that :

  • For the love of the game.
    is said for:

  • Forbearance is no acquittance.
    meaning that:

  • Forbidden fruit is the sweetest.
    it is observed that:

  • Forewarned is forearmed.
    said for :

  • Fortune favors the brave (or the bold).
    states that:

  • Fortune is easily found, but hard to be kept.
    suggests that:

  • Four eyes see better than two.
    used to say that:

  • Procrastination is the thief of time
    declares that:

  • From bad to worse.
    is used when:

  • From pillar to post.
    implies:

  • Gentility without ability is worse than plain beggary.
    implies that:

  • Get a name to rise early, and you may lie all day.
    signifies that:

  • He that will to Cupar maun to Cupar
    warning to :

  • Give a fool rope enough, and he will hang himself.
    suggests that:

  • One day honey, one day onion
    describes :

  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    indicates that:

  • An old dog barks not in vain.
    is used for:

  • You cannot eat your cake and have it.
    means that:

  • Gluttony kills more men than the sword.
    states that:

  • Go to bed with the lamb and rise with the lark.
    meaning:

  • Good clothes open all doors.
    assumes that:

  • Good counsel does no harm.
    in other words:

  • Good health is above wealth.
    because:

  • Good masters make good servants.
    said to mean that:

  • Good words and no deeds.
    expression for:

  • Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds.
    said to mean that:

  • Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.
    suggests that:

  • Grasp all, lose all.
    said for :

  • Great barkers are no biters.
    used to say that:

  • Great boast, small roast.
    used to mean that:

  • Great cry and little wool
    means that:

  • Great spenders are bad lenders
    suggests that:

  • Great talkers are great liars.
    suggests that:

  • Great talkers are little doers.
    indicates that:

  • Greedy folk have long arms
    used to say that:

  • Habit cures habit.
    means that:

  • Habit is second nature.
    indicates that:

  • Handsome is what handsome does.
    means that:

  • Happiness takes no account of time.
    suggests that:

  • Happy is he that is happy in his children.
    also:

  • Hard words break no bones.
    means that:

  • Hares may pull dead lions by the beard.
    means that:

  • Harm watch, harm catch.
    declares that:

  • Haste makes waste.
    suggests that:

  • Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
    used to say that:

  • Hate not at the first harm.
    expression that advices:

  • Hatred is blind, as well as love.
    suggests that:

  • Hawks will not pick hawks’ eyes.
    means that:

  • Dead men don't bite.
    expression meaning that:

  • He cannot speak well that cannot hold his tongue.
    in other words:

  • He carries fire in one hand and water in the other.
    is said for:

  • He dances well to whom fortune pipes.
    meaning that:

  • He gives twice who gives in a trice.
    said to mean that:

  • He goes long barefoot that waits for dead man’s shoes.
    It implies :

  • He is a fool that forgets himself.
    means that:

  • Why buy a cow when milk is so cheap
    supposes that :

  • He is happy that thinks himself so.
    in other words:

  • He is lifeless that is faultless.
    means that:

  • A clean conscience is a good pillow
    meaning that:

  • He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first.
    in other words:

  • He is not poor the man who has little, but he who desires more.
    told by:

  • He who digs a pit for others falls into it himself.
    used to say that:

  • Every bullet has it billet.
    claims that:

  • He knows best what good is that has endured evil.
    similar:

  • He knows how many beans make five.
    is said for:

  • He knows much who knows how to hold his tongue.
    suggests that:

  • He laughs best who laughs last.
    states that:

  • He lives long that lives well.
    expresses that:

  • A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple
    suggests that:

  • He should have a long spoon that sups with the devil.
    said to mean that:

  • The devil can quote scriptures for his ownh ends
    said to mean that:

  • He that comes first to the hill may sit where he will.
    expression meaning that :

  • The cowl does not make the monk
    signifies that:

  • He that does you an ill turn will never forgive you.
    because:

  • He that fears every bush must never go a-birding.
    advices that:

  • He that fears you present wiil hate you absent.
    states that:

  • He that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.
    said to mean that:

  • He that goes barefoot must not plant thorns.
    saying that:

  • He that has a full purse never lacked a friend
    is said as :

  • He that has a great nose thinks everybody is speaking of it.
    means that:

  • He that has an ill name is half hanged.
    means that:

  • God makes the back to the burden
    supposes that :

  • Crime doesn't pay
    warning:

  • The devil is in the details
    indicates that:

  • He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.
    said for :

  • He that is full of himself is very empty.
    means that:

  • He that is ill to himself will be good to nobody.
    or else :

  • He that is warm thinks all so.
    said to mean that:

  • He that knows nothing doubts nothing.
    suggests that:

  • He that lies down with dogs must rise up with fleas.
    advices that:

  • He that lives with cripples learns to limp.
    states that:

  • He that mischief hatches, mischief catches.
    means that:

  • He that never climbed never fell.
    meaning that:

  • He that once deceives is ever suspected.
    used to say that:

  • Do as I say, not as I do
    meaning:

  • Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.
    used to mean that:

  • The devil's children have the Devil's luck
    points out that :

  • Distance lends enchantment to the view
    used to say that:

  • He that serves God for money will serve the devil for better wages.
    states that:

  • The dog returns to its vomit
    means that:

  • He that talks much errs much.
    also:

  • He that talks much lies much.
    suggests that:

  • He that will eat the kernel must crack the nut.
    used to say that:

  • He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay.
    similar to:

  • He that will steal an egg will steal an ox.
    suggests that:

  • He that will thrive, must rise at five.
    suggests that:

  • He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree.
    used to say that:

  • He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens.
    it means that:

  • He who is born a fool is never cured.
    also:

  • He who hesitates is lost.
    said when:

  • He who likes borrowing dislikes paying.
    it is observed that:

  • He who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.
    in other words:

  • He who pleased everybody died before he was born.
    states that:

  • He who says what he likes, shall hear what he doesn’t like.
    :

  • He who would catch fish must not mind getting wet.
    said to mean that:

  • He who would eat the nut must first crack the shell.
    states that:

  • He who would search for pearls must dive below.
    signifies that:

  • He will never set the Thames on fire.
    meaning:

  • He works best who knows his trade.
    means that:

  • Head cook and bottle-washer.
    said for :

  • Health is not valued till sickness comes.
    better :

  • His money burns a hole in his pocket.
    said when:

  • Honesty is the best policy.
    because:

  • Different strokes for different folks.
    expresses that:

  • Honey is sweet, but the bee stings.
    said to mean that:

  • Honour and profit lie not in one sack.
    suggests that:

  • Honours change manners.
    suggests that:

  • Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper.
    used to mean that:

  • Hope is the poor man’s bread.
    used to mean that:

  • Hunger breaks stone walls.
    used to say that:

  • Hunger finds no fault with cookery.
    means that:

  • Hunger is the best sauce.
    used to say that:

  • Hungry bellies have no ears.
    states that:

  • Idle folks lack no excuses.
    means that:

  • Idleness is the mother of all evil.
    means that:

  • Idleness rusts the mind.
    in other words:

  • If a donkey bray at you, don’t bray at him.
    suggests that:

  • If ifs and ans were pots and pans.
    advices that:

  • If my aunt had been a man, she’d have been my uncle.
    used to mean that:

  • If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
    said for :

  • If the sky falls, we shall catch larks.
    used to mean that:

  • If there were no clouds, we should not enjoy the sun.
    signifies that:

  • If things were to be done twice all would be wise.
    meaning:

  • If we can’t as we would, we must do as we can.
    said to mean that:

  • If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
    means that:

  • If you agree to carry the calf, they’ll make you carry the cow.
    used to say that:

  • If you cannot bite, never show your teeth.
    said to mean that:

  • the best of both worlds
    expression said when:

  • If you dance you must pay the fiddler.
    means that:

  • If you laugh before breakfast you’ll cry before supper.
    suggests that:

  • If you run after two hares, you will catch neither.
    used to say that:

  • If you sell the cow, you sell her milk too.
    signifies that:

  • If you throw mud enough, some of it will stick.
    means that:

  • If you try to please all you will please none.
    said to mean that:

  • If you want a thing well done, do it yourself.
    used to say that:

  • Ill-gotten gains never prosper.
    said to mean that:

  • Ill-gotten, ill-spent.
    used to say that:

  • Give a dog a bad name and hang him
    means that:

  • In for a penny, in for a pound.
    means that:

  • In the country of the blind, one-eyed man is a king.
    meaning that:

  • In the end things will mend.
    expression with :

  • In the evening one may praise the day.
    meaning that:

  • Iron hand in a velvet glove.
    said for :

  • It is a good horse that never stumbles.
    but in reality:

  • It is a long lane that has no turning.
    used to say that:

  • It is a poor mouse that has only one hole.
    suggests that:

  • It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
    condemns :

  • It is an ill wind that blows nobody good.
    declares:

  • It is a silly fish, that is caught twice with the same bait.
    said to mean that:

  • It is easy to swim if another holds up your chin.
    said to mean that:

  • It is enough to make a cat laugh.
    said for :

  • To fish in troubled waters.
    said when:

  • You can take a horse to the water but you cannot make it drink.
    said to mean that:

  • Don't cry before you're hurt
    said to mean that:

  • It is the first step that costs.
    suggests that:

  • A house divided against itself cannot stand
    suggests that:

  • It’s as broad as it’s long.
    means that:

  • It’s no use pumping a dry well.
    used to say that:

  • It’s one thing to flourish and another to fight.
    used:

  • It takes all sorts to make a world.
    expression for:

  • Jackdaw in peacock’s feathers.
    said for :

  • Jest with a donkey and he will flap you in the face with his tail.
    said to mean that:

  • A dog that will fetch a bone will carry a bone.
    used to say that:

  • Just as the twig is bent, the tree is inclined.
    it means that:

  • Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it.
    means that:

  • Conscience makes cowards of us all
    used to mean that:

  • Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.
    advices that:

  • Last, but not least.
    said for :

  • Laws catch flies, but let hornets go free.
    implies that:

  • Learn to creep before you leap.
    Meaning that you must:

  • Learn to say before you sing.
    said to mean that:

  • Learn wisdom by the follies of others.
    advices to:

  • Least said, soonest mended.
    used to say that:

  • Don't cut off your nose to spite your face
    said for :

  • Let not the pot call the kettle black
    indicates that:

  • Let every man praise the bridge he goes over.
    meaning:

  • Let sleeping dogs lie.
    advices that:

  • Let well enough alone.
    suggests that:

  • Liars need good memories.
    in order:

  • Lies have short legs.
    means that:

  • Life is but a span.
    in other words:

  • Life is not a bed of roses.
    used to say that:

  • Life is not all cakes and ale
    said to mean that:

  • Like a cat on hot bricks.
    said for :

  • Like a needle in a haystack.
    expression said when:

  • Like begets like.
    meaning:

  • No losers, no winners.
    expresses that:

  • Like father, like son.
    said to mean that:

  • Like draws to like.
    meaning:

  • Like master, like man.
    suggests that:

  • Like mother, like daughter.
    is said:

  • Like parents, like children.
    emphasizes that :

  • An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.
    suggests that:

  • Better one house spoiled than two
    is said for:

  • Little chips light great fires.
    means that:

  • Little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
    suggests that:

  • Little pigeons can carry great messages.
    meaning that:

  • Little pitchers have long ears.
    meaning:

  • Little strokes fell great oaks.
    means that:

  • Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
    expresses that:

  • Little things amuse little minds.
    expresses that:

  • Live and learn.
    an expression:

  • Live and let live.
    is used to say that:

  • Live not to eat, but eat to live.
    expression that :

  • Long absent, soon forgotten.
    means that:

  • Look before you leap.
    indicates that:

  • Look before you leap, but having leapt never look back.
    means that:

  • Lookers-on see more than players.
    suggests that:

  • God made the country and man made the town
    meaning:

  • Lost time is never found again.
    implies that:

  • Love me, love my dog.
    informs that:

  • Love in a cottage.
    expression about:

  • Punctuality is the soul of business.
    meaning:

  • Diamond cuts diamond
    said when:

  • Love will creep where it may not go.
    used to mean that:

  • Make haste slowly.
    suggests that:

  • Make hay while the sun shines.
    advices that:

  • You can only die once
    expression to encourage :

  • Man proposes but God disposes.
    said to mean that:

  • Many a fine dish has nothing on it.
    said when:

  • Many a good cow has a bad calf.
    said when:

  • Many a good father has but a bad son.
    expresses that:

  • Many a little makes a mickle.
    used to say that:

  • Many a true word is spoken in jest.
    used to say that:

  • Many hands make light work.
    expresses the idea that :

  • Many men, many minds.
    said to mean that:

  • Many words hurt more than swords.
    used to say that:

  • Many words will not fill a bushel.
    said for :

  • Marriages are made in heaven.
    suggests that:

  • Measure for measure.
    meaning that:

  • Measure thrice and cut once.
    used to say that:

  • Men may meet but mountains never.
    expression meaning:

  • Mend or end.
    advices that:

  • Might goes before right.
    said to mean that:

  • Misfortunes never come alone (or singly).
    It has been observed that:

  • Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.
    suggests that:

  • Money begets money.
    used to say that:

  • Money has no smell.
    means that:

  • Money is a good servant but a bad master.
    said to mean that:

  • Money often unmakes the men who make it.
    said to mean that:

  • Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain.
    in other words:

  • More haste, less speed.
    used to say that:

  • Much ado about nothing.
    meaning:

  • Much will have more.
    meaning:

  • Muck and money go together.
    signifies that:

  • Murder will out.
    used to say that:

  • My house is my castle.
    used to say that:

  • Never mention rope in the house of a man who has been hanged
    advices:

  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
    means that:

  • Necessity knows no law.
    used to say that:

  • Neck or nothing.
    said to mean:

  • Need makes the old wife trot.
    it means that:

  • Needs must when the devil drives.
    said to mean that:

  • Neither fish nor flesh.
    used to say:

  • Neither here nor there.
    said for :

  • Neither rhyme nor reason.
    said for :

  • Never cackle till your egg is laid.
    advices:

  • Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught
    with:

  • Reason does not come before years.
    said to mean that:

  • Never do things by halves.
    advices that:

  • Never fry a fish till it’s caught.
    advices that:

  • Never offer to teach fish to swim.
    said to mean:

  • Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
    advices :

  • Never quit certainty for hope.
    suggests that:

  • Never too much of a good thing.
    said to mean that:

  • Never try to prove what nobody doubts.
    meaning:

  • Never write what you dare not sign.
    meaning:

  • New brooms sweep clean.
    said when:

  • New lords, new laws.
    said to mean that:

  • Respect is greater from a distance.
    used to mean that:

  • No flying from fate.
    suggests that:

  • No garden without its weeds.
    means that:

  • No great loss without some small gain.
    suggests that:

  • No herb will cure love.
    in other words:

  • No joy without alloy.
    said to mean that:

  • No living man all things can.
    said to mean that:

  • No longer pipe, no longer dance.
    suggests that:

  • Need teaches a plan.
    used to mean that:

  • No man loves his fetters, be they made of gold.
    used to say that:

  • No news is good news.
    suggests that:

  • No pains, no gains.
    used to say that:

  • No song, no supper.
    said to mean that:

  • No sweet without sweat.
    said to mean that:

  • No wisdom like silence.
    because:

  • None but the brave deserve the fair.
    declares that:

  • None so blind as those who won’t see.
    states that:

  • None so deaf as those that won’t hear.
    means that:

  • Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it.
    said to mean that:

  • Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
    claims that:

  • Nothing must be done hastily but killing of fleas.
    said to mean that:

  • Nothing so bad, as not to be good for something.
    used to say that:

  • Nothing succeeds like success.
    suggests that:

  • Nothing venture, nothing have.
    said to mean that:

  • Oaks may fall when reeds stand the storm.
    said to mean that:

  • Of two evils choose the least.
    advices that:

  • Old birds are not caught with chaff.
    used to say that:

  • Old friends and old wine are best.
    used to say that:

  • One of these days is none of these days.
    used to mean that:

  • Once bitten, twice shy.
    said when :

  • Only real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
    meaning that:

  • One beats the bush, and another catches the bird.
    said for :

  • One chick keeps a hen busy.
    similarly :

  • One drop of poison infects the whole tun of wine.
    used to say that:

  • One fire drives out another.
    suggests that:

  • One good turn deserves another.
    said to mean that:

  • One law for the rich, and another for the poor.
    suggests that:

  • One lie makes many.
    said to mean that:

  • One link broken, the whole chain is broken.
    signifies that:

  • One man, no man.
    expression meaning that :

  • One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
    means that:

  • One scabby sheep will mar a whole flock.
    meaning:

  • One swallow does not make a summer.
    states that:

  • One today is worth two tomorrows.
    means that:

  • Opportunity seldom knocks twice.
    said to mean that:

  • Ask a silly question and you get a silly answer.
    meaning:

  • Opportunity makes the thief.
    implies that:

  • Out of sight, out of mind.
    states that:

  • Out of the frying-pan into the fire.
    said:

  • Parents are patterns
    means that:

  • Patience is a plaster for all sores.
    meaning:

  • Penny wise and pound foolish.
    used for:

  • Pleasure has a sting in its tail.
    meaning:

  • Plenty is no plague.
    states that:

  • Politeness costs little but yields much.
    said to mean that:

  • Poverty is no sin.
    said to mean that:

  • Problem shared is a problem halved.
    used to say that:

  • Practice what you preach.
    advice:

  • People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
    said to mean that:

  • Pride goes before a fall.
    advises :

  • Procrastination is the thief of time.
    used to say that:

  • Promise is a debt.
    said to mean that:

  • Promise little, but do much.
    meaning:

  • Prosperity makes friends, and adversity tries them.
    also:

  • Put not your hand between the bark and the tree.
    advices that:

  • Rain at seven, fine at eleven.
    expression when:

  • Rats are the first to desert a sinking ship.
    refers to:

  • Repentance is good, but innocence is better.
    said to mean that:

  • Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.
    meaning that:

  • Roll my log and I will roll yours.
    used to say:

  • Rome was not built in a day.
    said to mean that:

  • Salt water and absence wash away love.
    means that:

  • Saying and doing are two things.
    states that:

  • Score twice before you cut once.
    means that:

  • Scornful dogs will eat dirty puddings.
    means that:

  • Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
    meaning:

  • Self done is soon done.
    means that:

  • Self done is well done.
    said to mean that:

  • Self is a bad counselor.
    because :

  • Self-praise is no recommendation.
    indicates that:

  • Set a beggar on horseback and he’ll ride to the devil.
    is said for:

  • Set a thief to catch a thief.
    suggests that:

  • Shallow streams make most din.
    suggests that:

  • Short debts make long friends.
    said to mean that:

  • Silence gives consent.
    said to mean that:

  • Since Adam was a boy.
    expression meaning:

  • Sink or swim.
    advices that:

  • Six of one and half a dozen of the other.
    said when :

  • Slow and steady wins the race.
    states that:

  • Slow but sure.
    meaning that:

  • A black plum is as sweet as a white.
    said to mean that:

  • So many countries, so many customs.
    states that:

  • So many men, so many minds.
    in other words:

  • Soft fire makes sweet malt.
    is used to mean that:

  • Something is rotten in the state of Denmark .
    meaning:

  • Soon learnt, soon forgotten.
    expresses that:

  • Soon ripe, soon rotten.
    suggests that:

  • Speak of the devil and he will appear.
    is used for:

  • Speech is silver but silence is gold.
    suggests that:

  • Standers-by see more than gamesters.
    suggests that:

  • Still waters run deep.
    indicates that:

  • Stolen pleasures are sweetest.
    indicates that:

  • Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach.
    advices that:

  • Tall oaks grow from little acorns.
    said to mean that:

  • Strike while the iron is hot.
    advices that:

  • Stuff today and starve tomorrow.
    said for :

  • A day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy.
    suggests that:

  • Such carpenters, such chips.
    :

  • Sweep before your own door.
    used to say:

  • Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.
    states that:

  • Take us as you find us.
    declares that:

  • Tarred with the same brush.
    describes :

  • Tastes differ.
    said to mean that:

  • Tell that to the marines.
    used when:

  • That cock won’t fight.
    describes :

  • The best advice is found on the pillow.
    used to say that:

  • That’s a horse of another colour.
    means:

  • That’s where the shoe pinches!
    expresses that:

  • The beggar may sing before the thief.
    said to mean that:

  • Even the best fish smell when they are three days old.
    said to mean that:

  • The best fish swim near the bottom.
    means that:

  • The best is the enemy of the good.
    means that:

  • The die is cast.
    said to mean that:

  • A lender nor borrower be.
    the best is:

  • The cap fits.
    said to mean that:

  • A rising tide lifts all boats.
    states that:

  • A drop of ink may make a million think.
    said to mean that:

  • The cat would eat fish and would not wet her paws.
    said to mean that:

  • The truth is in the wine.
    suggests that:

  • The cobbler should stick to his last.
    said to mean that:

  • The cobbler’s wife is the worst shod.
    indicating that:

  • The darkest hour is just before the dawn.
    hoping that :

  • The darkest place is under the candlestick.
    said to mean that:

  • The devil is not so black as he is painted.
    said for :

  • The devil knows many things because he is old.
    said to mean that:

  • The devil lurks behind the cross.
    suggests that:

  • Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown
    said to mean that:

  • The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on.
    said for :

  • The Dutch have taken Holland.
    responce to :

  • The early bird catches the worm.
    advices to:

  • The end crowns the work.
    said to mean that:

  • The end justifies the means.
    used to mean that:

  • United we stand, divided we fall
    used to say that:

  • The exception proves the rule.
    used to mean that:

  • The face is the index of the mind.
    meaning that:

  • The used key is always bright
    suggests that:

  • The fat is in the fire.
    used to mean that:

  • The first blow is half the battle.
    said to mean that:

  • The furthest way about is the nearest way home.
    used to say that:

  • The game is not worth the candle..
    meaning:

  • Unwillingness easily finds an excuse.
    said to mean that:

  • The higher the ape goes, the more he shows his tail.
    is said for:

  • The last drop makes the cup run over.
    said to mean that:

  • The last straw breaks the camel’s back.
    indicates that:

  • Constant dropping wears away a stone
    shows that:

  • Even the longest day has an end.
    reminds that:

  • The mill cannot grind with the water that is past.
    meaning:

  • The moon does not heed the barking of dogs.
    is said for:

  • Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
    expresses that:

  • The more the merrier.
    expression meaning that :

  • The morning sun never lasts a day.
    signifies:

  • Watched pot never boils.
    expression meaning that :

  • The nearer the bone, the sweeter the flesh.
    used to say that:

  • The pitcher goes often to the well but is broken at last.
    meaning:

  • The pot calls the kettle black.
    said for :

  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
    said to mean that:

  • The receiver is as bad as the thief.
    said to mean that:

  • The remedy is worse than the disease.
    used to express that:

  • The rotten apple injures its neighbours.
    said to mean that:

  • A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.
    suggests that:

  • The tailor makes the man.
    suggests that:

  • The tongue of idle persons is never idle.
    used to mean that:

  • The voice of one man is the voice of no one.
    used to say that:

  • The way to hell is paved with good intentions.
    used to say that:

  • The wind cannot be caught in a net.
    said for :

  • The work shows the workman.
    said to mean that:

  • There are lees to every wine.
    meaning:

  • There are more ways to the wood than one.
    said to mean that:

  • There is a place for everything, and everything in its place.
    expression meaning that :

  • There is more than one way to kill a cat.
    expression meaning that :

  • There is no fire without smoke.
    meaning that:

  • There is no place like home.
    expression meaning that :

  • There is no rose without a thorn.
    suggests that:

  • Who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves.
    :

  • There is no smoke without fire.
    meaning:

  • Devil take the hindmost
    expression said for :

  • It's no use crying over spilled milk
    means that:

  • They are hand and glove.
    expresses that:

  • Use it or lose it.
    expression meaning that :

  • Things past cannot be recalled.
    said to mean that:

  • Think today and speak tomorrow.
    said to mean:

  • A hungry wolf is fixed to no place.
    said to mean that:

  • Time and tide wait for no man.
    used to mean that:

  • Time cures all things.
    meaning that:

  • Time is money.
    meaning that:

  • Time is the great healer.
    suggests that:

  • A constant guest is never welcome.
    expresses that:

  • To add fuel to the fire.
    said for :

  • To angle with a silver hook.
    is said when:

  • To be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth.
    phrase that describes:

  • To be head over ears in debt.
    expression meaning:

  • To be in one’s birthday suit.
    expression meaning:

  • To be up to the ears in love.
    expression meaning:

  • A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words.
    said to mean that:

  • To beat about the bush.
    said when:

  • To beat the air.
    expression meaning:

  • To bring grist to somebody’s mill.
    said when:

  • To build a fire under someone.
    meaning:

  • To buy a pig in a poke.
    idiom meaning that:

  • To call a spade a spade.
    Say something :

  • To call off the dogs.
    said to mean:

  • To carry coals to Newcastle.
    said when:

  • Dead men tell no tales
    expression meaning that :

  • To cast prudence to the winds.
    said when:

  • To come away none the wiser.
    said when:

  • The devil finds work for idle hands to do
    suggests that:

  • To come off with a whole skin.
    said when:

  • To come off with flying colours.
    said for :

  • To come out dry.
    said when:

  • To come out with clean hands.
    said for :

  • To cook a hare before catching him.
    said when:

  • To cry with one eye and laugh with the other.
    said when:

  • A flower blooms more than once.
    indicates that:

  • To draw in your horns.
    used to say that:

  • To drop a bucket into an empty well.
    said to mean:

  • To draw water in a sieve.
    meaning:

  • A fly will not get into a closed mouth.
    said to mean that:

  • To err is human.
    used to say that:

  • To fiddle while Rome is burning.
    said when:

  • To fight with one’s own shadow.
    said when:

  • To find a mare’s nest.
    meaning:

  • To fish in troubled waters.
    said when:

  • Fit like a glove.
    expression empphasizes :

  • To flog a dead horse.
    said when :

  • To get out of bed on the wrong side.
    said when:

  • A monkey in silk is a monkey no less.
    said to mean that:

  • To go for wool and come home shorn.
    said when:

  • To go through fire and water.
    said to mean:

  • To have a finger in the pie.
    meaning:

  • To have rats in the attic.
    said for :

  • A growing youth has a wolf in his belly.
    said to mean that:

  • To kick against the pricks.
    said when:

  • To kill two birds with one stone.
    said when:

  • A nod is as good as a wink.
    means that:

  • To know on which side one’s bread is buttered.
    meaning:

  • To know what’s what.
    meaning:

  • To lay by for a rainy day.
    meaning:

  • To live from hand to mouth.
    said when:

  • To lock the stable-door after the horse is stolen.
    meaning:

  • To look for a needle in a haystack.
    said for :

  • To love somebody (or something) as the devil loves holy water.
    is used :

  • To make a mountain out of a molehill.
    said when:

  • To make both ends meet.
    said when:

  • To make the cup run over.
    said when:

  • To make the air blue.
    said when:

  • A book holds a house of gold.
    used to mean that:

  • To measure other people’s corn by your own bushel.
    meaning:

  • To pay one back in one’s own coin.
    meaning that:

  • To plough the sand.
    said when:

  • To pour water into a sieve.
    said when:

  • To pull the chestnuts out of the fire for somebody.
    meaning:

  • To pull the devil by the tail.
    expression meaning that :

  • To put a spoke in somebody’s wheel.
    meaning:

  • To put off till Doomsday.
    said to mean:

  • To put the cart before the horse.
    said when:

  • A happy heart is better than a full purse.
    used to say that:

  • To roll in money.
    expression meaning:

  • To run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
    said when:

  • To save one’s bacon.
    used to say:

  • To send owls to Athens
    said to mean:

  • To set the wolf to keep the sheep.
    said when:

  • To stick to somebody like a leech.
    meaning:

  • To strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.
    used for:

  • Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow
    signifies that:

  • To take the bull by the horns.
    meaning:

  • To teach the dog to bark.
    used when:

  • Tell tales out of school.
    said when:

  • Wish is father to the thought.
    said when:

  • To throw dust in somebody’s eyes.
    meaning:

  • To throw straws against the wind.
    said to mean:

  • To treat somebody with a dose of his own medicine.
    meaning:

  • To use a steam-hammer to crack nuts.
    said when:

  • To wash one’s dirty linen in public.
    said when:

  • To wear one’s heart upon one’s sleeve.
    said for :

  • A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
    said to mean that:

  • To work with the left hand.
    is used:

  • God helps those who help themselves.
    declares that:

  • Too many cooks spoil the broth.
    said when:

  • Too much knowledge makes the head bald.
    means that:

  • Too much of a good thing is good for nothing.
    means that:

  • Too much water drowned the miller .
    means that:

  • Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
    expresses that:

  • True blue will never stain.
    is meaning that:

  • True coral needs no painter’s brush
    meaning that:

  • The buyer has need of a hundred eyes, the seller but one.
    indicates that:

  • Truth is stranger than fiction.
    suggests that:

  • Truth lies at the bottom of a well.
    means that:

  • Two blacks do not make a white.
    expresses that:

  • Two heads are better than one.
    means that:

  • Two is company, but three is none.
    expresses that:

  • Velvet paws hide sharp claws.
    is said for:

  • Virtue is its own reward.
    expresses that:

  • Wait for the cat to jump.
    means that:

  • Walls have ears.
    means:

  • Wash your dirty linen at home.
    states that:

  • Waste not, want not.
    advices that:

  • We know not what is good until we have lost it.
    used to mean that:

  • We never know the value of water till the well is dry.
    means that:

  • We shall see what we shall see.
    means:

  • We soon believe what we desire.
    means that:

  • Wealth is nothing without health.
    similar:

  • Well begun is half done.
    meaning:

  • What can’t be cured, must be endured.
    meaning:

  • What is bred in the bone will not go out of the flesh.
    states that:

  • What is done by night, appears by day.
    means that:

  • What is done cannot be undone.
    said to mean that:

  • What is got over the devil’s back is spent under his belly.
    means that:

  • What is lost is lost
    expresses that :

  • What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
    declares that:

  • What is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
    said to mean that:

  • What must be, must be.
    means that:

  • What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.
    :

  • What we do willingly is easy.
    bebcause :

  • When angry, count a hundred.
    advices that:

  • When at Rome, do as the Romans do.
    advices that:

  • What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.
    said to mean that:

  • A guilty conscience is the mother of invention.
    expression suggesting that:

  • Conscience gets a lot of credit that belongs to cold feet.
    said for :

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
    meaning:

  • A bad man is better than a bad name.
    implies that:

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
    it means that:

  • A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
    it means that:

  • A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step.
    meaning:

  • A leopard can’t change its spots.
    is said for:

  • All in good time.
    meaning that:

  • All things grow with time - except grief.
    expresses that:

  • All is fair in love and war.
    suggests that:

  • Always put your best foot forward.
    suggests that:

  • Among the blind, the one-eyed is a king.
    expresses that:

  • An empty vessel makes much noise.
    suggests that:

  • The devil looks after his own.
    suggests that:

  • A picture is worth a thousand words.
    suggests that:

  • A rotten apple spoils the barrel.
    suggests that:

  • A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is for.
    means that:

  • A stitch in time saves nine
    said to mean that:

  • A thing begun is half done.
    expresses that:

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    means that:

  • Beauty is only skin deep.
    means that:

  • Beggars can’t be choosers.
    it means that:

  • Best things in life are free.
    suggests that:

  • Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick.
    states that:

  • Better to wear out than to rust out.
    claims that :

  • Blood is thicker than water.
    declares that:

  • Clothes do not make the man.
    suggests that:

  • Cross the stream where it is shallowest.
    means that:

  • Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.
    said to mean that:

  • Discretion is the better part of valor.
    it means that:

  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
    means:

  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
    advices that:

  • Don’t blow your own trumpet.
    means that:

  • Don’t cast pearls before swine.
    expresses that:

  • Don’t judge a book by its cover.
    declares that:

  • Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
    means that:

  • Don’t put the cart before the horse.
    suggests that:

  • Don’t throw the baby with the bathwater.
    suggests that:

  • Early bird catches the worm.
    advices that:

  • Empty bags cannot stand upright.
    suggests that:

  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
    suggests that:

  • Every man is the architect of his destiny.
    is stating that:

  • Every man has his price.
    it means that:

  • Fall seven times. Stand up eight.
    means:

  • Get out while the going is good.
    suggests that:

  • Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile.
    refers to:

  • Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.
    means that:

  • Nothing ventured nothing gained.
    said to mean that:

  • You cannot wash charcoal white.
    means that:

  • You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.
    used to say that:

  • Where there is s a will there is a way.
    declares that :

  • He who is absent, is always in the wrong.
    declares that:

  • Accidents will happen, in the best regulated families.
    states that:

  • There is no accounting for tastes.
    declares that:

  • As good be an addled egg as an idle bird
    applied to :

  • All things come to those who wait.
    expresses:

  • Attack is the best form of defence.
    suggests that:

  • A bad excuse is better than none.
    means that:

  • Bad money drives out good.
    states that:

  • A bad penny always turns up.
    means that:

  • Bad things come in threes
    a superstition :

  • There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.
    emphasizes :

  • As you bake, so shall you brew.
    suggests that:

  • Be what you would seem to be.
    it means that:

  • Bear and forbear.
    means that:

  • If you can't beat them, join them.
    exhortates:

  • Where bees are, there is honey.
    indicates that:

  • A bellowing cow soon forgets her calf.
    is used for:

  • All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.
    shows:

  • The best of friends must part.
    indicates that:

  • The best of men are but men at best.
    meaning that:

  • The best things in life are free.
    question:

  • It is best to be on the safe size.
    exhortates :

  • Better a dinner of herbs than a stalled ox where hate is.
    means that:

  • Better are small fish than an empty dish.
    suggests that:

  • Better out than in.
    advices that:

  • Better be safe than sorry.
    suggests that:

  • Better to light a candle than to curse the darkeness.
    suggests that:

  • Better to live one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.
    means that:

  • Better to marry than to burn
    advices that is:

  • It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.
    suggests that:

  • Better wed over the mixen than over the moor.
    it is:

  • Never bid the devil morrow until you meet him.
    means that:

  • Big fish eat little fish.
    means that:

  • Big fleas have little fleas upon their back to bite them, and little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
    means that:

  • A bird never flew on one wing.
    is used :

  • There are no birds in last year's nest.
    implies that:

  • Little birds that can sing and won't sing must be made to sing.
    suggests that:

  • The man who has once been bitten by a snake fears every piece of rope.
    means that:

  • The bleating of the kid excites the tiger.
    means that:

  • A bleating sheep loses a bite.
    suggests that:

  • Blessed is he who expects nothting, for he shall never be disappointed.
    is said for:

  • Blessings brighten as they take their flight.
    expresses that:

  • There is none so blind as those who will not see.
    means that:

  • When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
    describes :

  • A blind man's wife needs no paint.
    it is used :

  • You cannot get blood from a stone.
    meaning that:

  • Blood will have bloods.
    suggests that:

  • Blood will tell.
    states that:

  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
    means that:

  • You can't tell a book by its cover.
    suggests that:

  • If you are born to be hanged then you'll never drowned.
    is said:

  • Brave men leaved and before Agamemnon.
    but:

  • A bully is always a coward.
    or else:

  • The busiest men have the most leisure.
    suggests that:

  • When the cat’s away the mice will play
    means that:

  • To agree like two cats in a gutter
    said to mean that:

  • to put a cat among pigeons
    said when:

  • Works like a cat in cockle-shells
    expression for:

  • To lead a cat and dog life
    said when:

  • A full cup needs a steady hand.
    means that:

  • March winds bring April showers; April showers bring May flowers.
    expression for:

  • Afraid of one’s own Shadow.
    expression for:

  • first creep and then go
    advices that:

  • Sending a baby on an errand
    used to say that:

  • Soft beds make hard battles
    meaning:

  • Made in heaven
    expression meaning:

  • Never say die.
    meaning:

  • Oil and water do not mix
    used to say :

  • Poverty waits at the gates of idleness.
    used to say that:

  • Practice makes perfect.
    said to mean that:

  • Pen is mightier than the sword.
    suggests that:

  • Pity is akin to love.
    suggests that:

  • Revenge is a dish best served cold
    meaning that:

  • Revenge is sweet.
    expression suggesting that:

  • Smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
    said to mean that:

  • Spare the rod and spoil the child.
    suggests that:

  • Sickness in the body brings sadness to the mind.
    expression meaning that :

  • A stumble may prevent a fall.
    said to mean that:

  • A loaded wagon makes no noise.
    states that:

  • A loveless life is living death.
    used to mean that:

  • A swallow does not make the summer.
    said to mean that:

  • A tidy house holds a bored woman.
    said to mean that:

  • A wise head keeps a still tongue
    said to mean that:

  • A young idler, an old beggar.
    meaning:

  • Absence is the mother of disillusion
    said to mean that:

  • Admiration is the daughter of ignorance
    suggests that:

  • Advice is least heeded when most needed.
    said to mean that:

  • Advisors run no risks.
    used to say that:

  • Age before beauty.
    expression meaning that :

  • Agree, for the law is costly.
    states that:

  • All days are short to industry and long to idleness.
    used to say that:

  • An empty purse frightens friends away.
    said to mean that:

  • Anger is the one thing made better by delay.
    declares that:

  • Any time means no time.
    signifies that:

  • Any time means no time.
    used to mean that:

  • April showers bring May flowers.
    said to mean that:

  • Bad beginnings lead to bad results.
    said to mean that:

  • Be just before you are generous.
    used to say that:

  • Be swift to hear and slow to speak.
    said to mean that:

  • The best helping hand is at the end of your sleeve.
    states that:

  • Better brain than brawn.
    suggests that:

  • Care is no cure
    said to mean that:

  • Children are certain cares but uncertain comforts
    used to mean that:

  • Constant occupation prevents temptation.
    :

  • Courtesy is contagious
    used to say that:

  • Die is cast.
    espression for:

  • Dogs of the same street bark alike.
    expresses that:

  • Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
    advices:

  • Elbow grease is the best polish.
    said to mean that:

  • Even a worm will turn.
    said for :

  • Every man thinks his own geese swans.
    said to mean that:

  • Every path has its puddle.
    used to say that:

  • Everything in the garden is rosy.
    expression for :

  • Facts speak louder than words.
    expresses that:

  • Failure teaches success.
    meaning that:

  • Fault confessed is half redressed.
    suggests that:

  • Fear lends wings
    said to mean that:

  • Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
    said to mean that:

  • Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. Effort is necessary to keep a friendship alive.
    said to mean that:

  • Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.
    said to mean that:

  • Good name is better than good face.
    used to say that:

  • Good management is better than good income.
    suggests that:

  • Great oaks grow from small acorns.
    said to mean that:

  • Grief divided is made lighter.
    said to mean:

  • He can who believes he can.
    used to say that:

  • He who is everywhere is nowhere.
    suggests that:

  • He who knows nothing doubts nothing.
    used to mean that:

  • He who plays with fire gets burnt.
    said to mean:

  • He who wills the end wills the means.
    said to mean that:

  • Honey catches more flies than vinegar.
    said to mean that:

  • However long the night, the dawn will break.
    used to mean that:

  • In times of prosperity friends are plentiful.
    however :

  • If a camel gets his nose in a tent, his body will follow.
    meaning that:

  • If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid 100 days of sorrow.
    said to mean:

  • If two ride a horse, one must ride behind.
    used to say that:

  • If you want a friend, be a friend.
    declares that:

  • It never rains but it pours.
    said to mean:

  • It is always darkest before the dawn.
    suggests that:

  • Justice delayed is justice denied.
    :

  • Kill one to warn a hundred.
    said to mean:

  • Kill not the goose that lays the golden egg.
    used to mean that:

  • Kindle not a fire you cannot put out.
    advices :

  • Kindness begets kindness.
    means that:

  • Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.
    meaning that:

  • Laughter is the best medicine.
    expresses that:

  • Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
    said to mean:

  • Liberty is not licence.
    said to mean:

  • Loose lips sink ships.
    used to say that:

  • Love is blind.
    meaning that:

  • Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
    said to mean:

  • Manners make the man.
    said to mean that:

  • March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
    used to mean that:

  • Marry in haste, repent as leisure.
    said to mean that:

  • Memory is the treasure of the mind.
    said to mean that:

  • Men make houses, women make homes.
    states that:

  • Misery loves company
    suggests that:

  • Money doesn't grow on trees.
    said to mean that:

  • Monkey see, monkey do
    suggests that:

  • Fortune knocks once at every man's door
    suggests that:

  • Give the devil his due.
    suggests that:

  • Jack of all trades and master of none.
    said for :

  • Don't make a mountain out of a molehill
    said to mean that:

  • There are two sides to every question.
    meaning that:

  • We never miss the water till the well runs dry.
    suggests that:

  • Have an old head on young shoulders.
    used to say that:

  • Have eyes in the back of one's head
    said for :

  • If it's not one thing it's another.
    expression when:

  • Worship the ground somebody walks on
    said for :

  • Two is company, three is a crowd
    said when:

  • All is fish that comes in the net
    suggests that:

  • Be on the safe side
    meaning that you must:

  • The buck stops here
    said to mean:

  • Burn the candle at both ends
    said for :

  • Catch as catch can
    means:

  • Cut off your nose to spite your face
    used :

  • Dog eat dog
    refers to:

  • The devil has the best tunes
    said when:

  • Grin and bear it
    meaning that:

  • He who pays the piper calls the tune.
    used to say that:

  • Hide your light under a bushel
    used to say that:

  • Hitch one's wagon to a star
    indicates:

  • A job worth doing is a job worth doing well
    suggests that:

  • Keep the wolf from the door
    used to say:

  • Laugh and the world laughs with you
    indicates that:

  • A chicken and egg question,
    refers to:

  • Life is just a bowl of cherries
    used to say that:

  • Possession is nine points of the law
    expression stating that:

  • Promises are like pie crust,
    meaning:

  • The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.
    used for:

  • One's bark is worse than his bite
    said for :

  • The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
    said when:

  • A straw will show which way the wind blows
    meaning that:

  • The thin end of the wedge
    said for :

  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever
    said to mean that:

  • Wear out one's welcome
    said for :

  • You pays your money and you takes your chances
    used to say that:

  • Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance
    :

  • A contented mind is a perpetual feast
    expression suggesting that:

  • Every oak must be an acorn
    expresses that:

  • You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
    expresses that:

  • Do not have too many irons in the fire
    suggests that:

  • Do not ride the high horse
    meaning:

  • Even Homer sometimes nods
    states that:

  • A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet
    suggests that:

  • Every flow must have its ebb
    declares that:

  • It'a dogged as does it
    meaning that:

  • A door must either be shut or open
    states that:

  • When in doubt, do nowt
    suggests that:

  • Whosoever draws his sword against the prince must throw the scabard away
    suggests that:

  • Dream of a funeral and you hear of a marriage
    it is about:

  • A dripping June sets all in tune
    means that: