English Proverbs with their meanings

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English Proverbs with their meanings

مُساهمة من طرف zedlord في السبت 16 يناير 2010 - 12:04


All's fish that comes the net

When something comes
our way we should consider how it might be useful or benefit us.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

It means that apples
are so nutritious they keep you in the peak of health.

Be on the safe side

To take special
precautions to avoid making a mistake

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

What is beautiful to one person
may not be beautiful to others.

Beggars can't be choosers

Someone in need should
be grateful for what is given to him -- even if it's not what he
wants or expects

The blind leading the blind

A person helping or
advising someone knows as little about the subject as the person
who is being advised.

The buck stops here

It means final decision
or total responsibility for an action

Burn the candle at both ends

Those who are always
busy and seem to get little rest

Buy a pig in a poke

Buy something without examining
it for faults or checking to see if they are really getting what they
believe they have purchased

Catch as catch can

To do anything or use
any means to achieve an aim or reach a goal.

Children should be seen and not heard

To stop a child from
asking questions, talking, or making unnecessary noise.

Christmas comes but once each year

An excuse to indulge in food
and drink and spend money during the Christmas season.

Cry over spilled milk
It's pointless to get upset or feel regret about a loss or mistake
that can't be undone

Curiosity killed the cat
To warn people not to show too much interest in affairs that don't
concern them.

off your nose to spite your face
When people are dissatisfied or angry, they sometimes react by
doing foolish things that prove harmful to themselves.

The devil finds work for idle hands
Unless one keeps busy doing useful or constructive things he could
be tempted into mischief or evil.

The devil has the best tunes
To do something unworthy because it gives you pleasure

Dog eat dog
In competitive situations where each person has his own interests
at heart, it is usually the strong and the determined who

An exception to the rule
Something does not conform to or agree with a rule

Fling/throw mud at someone
To say evil or bad things about someone and in doing so, to damage
his or her reputation.

A fool and his money are soon parted
A person who spends his money foolishly will soon be penniless

Forgive and forget
Excusing or pardoning someone for doing something

Give someone enough rope and he will hang
If we allow someone to continue in his bad ways he'll eventually
bring about his own downfall or ruin.

Grin and bear it
To put up with discomfort or a bad situation without complaining.

He who pays the piper calls the tune
The person who pays for something has the right to do as he wants.

Hide your light under a bushel
Concealing your talents, skills or abilities

Hitch one's wagon to a star
To Move forward in a way to improve your chances of achieving

Home is where the heart is
No matter where you are, 'home' is where you feel most comfortable
and content.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
If we could get all the things we wanted just by making a wish,
everyone would have all he ever wanted.
If you can't lick them, join them If you cannot defeat an opponent or get him to change his ideas,
plans or way of doing things, the best thing is to change your
ideas, plans, etc.

In for a penny, in for a pound
If we decide to do something, we should commit ourselves to it
boldly and completely.

A job worth doing is a job worth doing well
When you do something you should do it as well as you can.

Keep the wolf from the door
To avoid hunger and poverty

Laugh and the world laughs with you
When someone is in a happy, cheerful mood, people like being with
Least said, soonest forgotten The less we say about it the sooner the incident will be

A chicken and egg question
A mysterious question which can't be answered

You can lead a horse to water but you can't
make him drink
We can help, show or encourage someone to do something but we
can't make him do what he is unwilling or unable to do

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