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  • A house is not a home
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
  • A leopard cannot change its spots ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A little of what you fancy does you good ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A miss is as good as a mile ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A new broom sweeps clean
  • A penny saved is a penny earned
  • A person is known by the company he keeps
  • A picture paints a thousand words ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A place for everything and everything in its place ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A poor workman blames his tools
  • A problem shared is a problem halved
  • A prophet is not recognized in his own land
  • A rising tide lifts all boats
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A soft answer turneth away wrath
  • A stitch in time saves nine ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A swarm in May is worth a load of hay
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever ( from a poem by Keats ) ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
  • A woman is only a woman but a good cigar is a smoke
  • A woman's place is in the home ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A word to the wise
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Absolute power corrupts absolutely ( quotation by Lord Acton ) ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Accidents will happen ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Actions speak louder than words
  • Adversity makes strange bedfellows
  • All good things must come to an end
  • All publicity is good publicity ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • All roads lead to Rome
  • All that glisters is not gold ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • All the world loves a lover
  • All things come to he who waits ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
  • All's Well, That Ends Well
  • All's fair in love and war
  • All's for the best in the best of all possible worlds ( Voltaire quotation - in Candide )
  • An Englishman's home is his castle ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • An army marches on its stomach
  • An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
  • Another day, another dollar
  • Any port in a storm
  • April is the cruellest month
  • April showers bring May flowers
  • As the saying goes
  • As you make your bed so must you lie on it
  • As you sow so shall you reap
  • Ashes to ashes dust to dust ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Ask no questions and hear no lies
  • Attack is the best form of defence
  • Bad money drives out good
  • Bad news travels fast
  • Barking dogs seldom bite
  • Be careful what you wish for
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Beauty is only skin deep ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Beggars can't be choosers ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Behind every great man there's a great woman ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow
  • Better late than never ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Better safe than sorry
  • Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don't
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak and remove all doubt
  • Between two stools ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Beware of Greeks bearing gifts ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Beware the Ides of March ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Big fish eat little fish
  • Birds of a feather flock together ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Blessed are the cheese makers ( line from Monty Python's Life of Brian )
  • Blessed are the peacemakers
  • Blood is thicker than water ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Blue are the hills that are far away
  • Boys will be boys
  • Brevity is the soul of wit
  • Brum brum ( child's play idiom expressing the sound of a vehicle )
  • Business before pleasure
  • Caesar's wife must be above suspicion
  • Carpe diem ( latin expression meaning seize the day ) ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Charity begins at home
  • Charity covers a multitude of sins
  • Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat ( proverbial saying )
  • Cheats never prosper
  • Children and fools tell the truth
  • Children should be seen and not heard ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Cleanliness is next to godliness
  • Clothes maketh the man
  • Coin a phrase ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Cold hands warm heart
  • Comparisons are odorous ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Count your blessings
  • Cowards may die many times before their death
  • Crime doesn't pay
  • Cut your coat to suit your cloth
  • Dead men tell no tales
  • Discretion is the better part of valour
  • Distance lends enchantment to the view
  • Do as I say not as I do
  • Do as you would be done by
  • Do not meet your troubles halfway
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't believe everything you hear
  • Don't bite the hand that feeds you
  • Don't burn your bridges behind you
  • Don't cast your pearls before swine
  • Don't change horses in midstream ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't count your chickens before they are hatched ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't cross the bridge till you come to it
  • Don't cry over spilt milk
  • Don't cut off your nose to spite your face ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't get mad get even
  • Don't keep a dog and bark yourself ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't leave your manners on the doorstep
  • Don't let the bastards grind you down ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't let the grass grow under your feet
  • Don't look a gift horse in the mouth ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't mix business with pleasure
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket
  • Don't put new wine into old bottles
  • Don't rock the boat
  • Don't shoot the messenger
  • Don't spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar
  • Don't sweat the small stuff
  • Don't trust anyone over thirty
  • Don't try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't try to walk before you can crawl
  • Don't upset the apple-cart
  • Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom
  • Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise
  • East is east and west is west
  • East, west, home's best
  • Easy come easy go
  • Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die
  • Empty vessels make the most noise
  • Enough is as good as a feast
  • Enough is enough
  • Even a worm will turn
  • Every Jack has his Jill
  • Every dark cloud has a silver lining
  • Every dog has his day
  • Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost
  • Every man has his price
  • Every stick has two ends
  • Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
  • Failing to plan is planning to fail
  • Faint heart never won fair lady
  • Fair exchange is no robbery
  • Faith will move mountains
  • Familiarity breeds contempt
  • Feed a cold and starve a fever
  • Fight fire with fire
  • Fight the good fight
  • Finders keepers, losers weepers
  • Fine words butter no parsnips
  • First come first served
  • First impressions last
  • First things first
  • Fish always rot from the head downwards ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Fish and guests smell after three days
  • Flattery will get you nowhere
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  • For everything there is a season
  • For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the man was lost
  • Forewarned is forearmed
  • Forgive and forget
  • Fortune favours the brave
  • Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains ( Thomas Carlyle quotation )
  • Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration ( Thomas Edison quotation )
  • Give a dog a bad name and hang him
  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
  • Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself
  • Give credit where credit is due
  • God helps those who help themselves
  • Good fences make good neighbours
  • Good talk saves the food
  • Good things come to those who wait ( Guinness advertising slogan )
  • Great minds think alike
  • Half a loaf is better than no bread
  • Handsome is as handsome does
  • Hard cases make bad law
  • Hard work never did anyone any harm
  • Hard work never killed anyone
  • Haste makes waste
  • He that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing
  • He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches ( George Bernard Shaw quotation )
  • He who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day
  • He who hesitates is lost
  • He who laughs last laughs longest
  • He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword
  • He who pays the piper calls the tune
  • He who sups with the Devil should use a long spoon
  • Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  • Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
  • History repeats itself
  • Home is where the heart is
  • Honesty is the best policy
  • Hope springs eternal
  • Hope springs eternal in the human breast ( from a poem by Alexander Pope )
  • Horses for courses
  • If God had meant us to fly he would have given us wings
  • If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well
  • If anything can go wrong, it will
  • If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again
  • If ifs and ands were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers
  • If it ain't broke don't fix it
  • If life deals you lemons made lemonade
  • If the cap fits, wear it
  • If the mountain won't go to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain
  • If the shoe fits, wear it
  • If wishes were horses beggars would ride
  • If you build it they will come
  • If you can't be good, be careful
  • If you can't beat em, join em
  • If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas
  • If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
  • If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
  • Ignorance is bliss
  • Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  • In for a penny in for a pound
  • In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king
  • In the midst of life we are in death
  • Into every life a little rain must fall
  • It goes without saying
  • It is easy to be wise after the event
  • It never rains but it pours
  • It takes a thief to catch a thief
  • It takes all sorts to make a world
  • It takes one to know one
  • It takes two to tango
  • It's all grist to the mill
  • It's an ill wind that blows no one any good ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • It's better to be looked over than overlooked
  • It's better to give than to receive
  • It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness
  • It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  • It's never too late
  • It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted
  • It's not over until the fat lady sings
  • It's not worth crying over spilt milk
  • It's the early bird that gets the worm
  • It's the empty can that makes the most noise
  • It's the singer not the song
  • It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
  • Jack of all trades but master of none
  • Judge not, that ye be not judged
  • Keep your chin up
  • Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer ( proverbial saying )
  • Keep your powder dry
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and, you weep alone
  • Laughter is the best medicine
  • Least said soonest mended
  • Less is more
  • Let bygones be bygones
  • Let not the sun go down on your wrath
  • Let sleeping dogs lie
  • Let the buyer beware
  • Let the dead bury the dead
  • Let the punishment fit the crime
  • Let well alone
  • Life begins at forty
  • Life is just a bowl of cherries
  • Life is what you make it
  • Life's not all beer and skittles ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  • Like father, like son
  • Little pitchers have big ears
  • Little strokes fell great oaks
  • Little things please little minds
  • Live for today for tomorrow never comes
  • Look before you leap
  • Love is blind
  • Love makes the world go round
  • Love thy neighbour as thyself
  • Love will find a way
  • Make hay while the sun shines
  • Make love not war
  • Man does not live by bread alone
  • Manners maketh man
  • Many a mickle makes a muckle
  • Many a true word is spoken in jest
  • Many are called but few are chosen
  • Many hands make light work
  • March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb
  • March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers
  • Marriages are made in heaven
  • Marry in haste, repent at leisure
  • Might is right
  • Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
  • Misery loves company
  • Moderation in all things
  • Money doesn't grow on trees
  • Money doesn't talk, it swears
  • Money is the root of all evil
  • Money isn't everything
  • Money makes the world go round
  • Money talks
  • More haste, less speed
  • Music has charms to soothe the savage breast
  • My enemy's enemy is my friend ( proverb suggesting that opposing parties should cooperate )
  • Nature abhors a vacuum
  • Ne'er cast a clout till May is out
  • Necessity is the mother of invention
  • Needs must when the Devil drives
  • Never go to bed on an argument
  • Never judge a book by its cover
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth
  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
  • Never speak ill of the dead
  • Never tell tales out of school
  • Nine tailors make a man
  • No man can serve two masters
  • No man is an island
  • No news is good news
  • No pain, no gain
  • No rest for the wicked
  • Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  • Nothing succeeds like success
  • Nothing ventured nothing gained
  • Oil and water don't mix
  • Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
  • Once a thief, always a thief
  • Once bitten, twice shy
  • One good turn deserves another
  • One half of the world does not know how the other half lives
  • One hand washes the other
  • One law for the rich and another for the poor
  • One man's meat is another man's poison
  • One swallow doesn't make a summer
  • One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
  • One year's seeds make seven year weeds
  • Only fools and horses work
  • Opportunity never knocks twice
  • Opportunity only knocks once
  • Out of sight, out of mind
  • Parsley seed goes nine times to the devil
  • Patience is a virtue
  • Pearls of wisdom
  • Penny wise, pound foolish
  • People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
  • Physician heal thyself
  • Possession is nine tenths of the law
  • Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely
  • Practice makes perfect
  • Prevention is better than cure
  • Pride comes before a fall
  • Procrastination is the thief of time
  • Put your best foot forward
  • Rain before seven, fine before eleven
  • Red sky at night shepherds delight
  • Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning
  • Revenge is a dish best served cold
  • Revenge is sweet
  • Rome wasn't built in a day
  • Saturday's child works hard for a living
  • See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you'll have all day
  • Seeing is believing
  • Seek and ye shall find
  • Set a thief to catch a thief
  • Share and share alike
  • Shrouds have no pockets
  • Silence is golden
  • Slow but sure
  • Softly, softly, catchee monkey
  • Spare the rod and spoil the child
  • Speak as you find
  • Speak softly and carry a big stick
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me
  • Still waters run deep
  • Strike while the iron is hot
  • Stupid is as stupid does
  • Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan
  • Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves
  • Talk is cheap
  • Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear
  • Tell the truth and shame the Devil
  • That which does not kill us makes us stronger ( Friedrich Nietzsche quotation )
  • The Devil finds work for idle hands to do
  • The Devil take the hindmost
  • The age of miracles is past
  • The apple never falls far from the tree
  • The best defence is a good offence
  • The best is the enemy of the good
  • The best laid schemes of mice and men
  • The best things in life are free
  • The bigger they are the harder they fall
  • The bottom line is the bottom line is the bottom line
  • The boy is father to the man
  • The bread always falls buttered side down
  • The child is father of the man ( from a poem by Wordsworth )
  • The cobbler always wears the worst shoes
  • The course of true love never did run smooth
  • The customer is always right
  • The darkest hour is just before the dawn
  • The devil looks after his own
  • The early bird catches the worm
  • The ends justify the means
  • The exception which proves the rule
  • The female of the species is more deadly than the male
  • The fruit does not fall far from the tree
  • The good die young
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
  • The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
  • The husband is always the last to know
  • The labourer is worthy of his hire
  • The law is an ass
  • The longest journey starts with a single step
  • The love of money is the root of all evil
  • The more the merrier
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same
  • The pen is mightier than sword
  • The phrase that pays
  • The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  • The road to hell is paved with good intentions
  • The saying goes
  • The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot
  • The truth will out
  • The wages of sin is death
  • The way to a man's heart is through his stomach
  • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts ( proverbial saying )
  • There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream
  • There are no pockets in a shroud
  • There are none so blind as those that will not see
  • There are two sides to every question
  • There but for the grace of God go I
  • There's a time and a place for everything
  • There's an exception to every rule
  • There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle
  • There's many a good tune played on an old piano
  • There's many a slip twixt cup and lip
  • There's more than one way to skin a cat
  • There's no accounting for taste
  • There's no fool like an old fool
  • There's no place like home
  • There's no smoke without fire
  • There's no such thing as a free lunch
  • There's no such thing as bad publicity ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • There's no time like the present
  • There's none so blind as those who will not see
  • There's none so deaf as they that will not hear
  • There's nothing new under the sun
  • There's nowt so queer as folk
  • There's one born every minute
  • There's plenty more fish in the sea
  • They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind
  • Third time lucky
  • Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
  • Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  • Those whom the Gods love die young
  • Thursday's child has far to go
  • Time and tide wait for no man
  • Time flies when you are having fun
  • A house is not a home
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
  • A leopard cannot change its spots ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A little of what you fancy does you good ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A miss is as good as a mile ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A new broom sweeps clean
  • A penny saved is a penny earned
  • A person is known by the company he keeps
  • A picture paints a thousand words ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A place for everything and everything in its place ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A poor workman blames his tools
  • A problem shared is a problem halved
  • A prophet is not recognized in his own land
  • A rising tide lifts all boats
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A soft answer turneth away wrath
  • A stitch in time saves nine ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A swarm in May is worth a load of hay
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever ( from a poem by Keats ) ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
  • A woman is only a woman but a good cigar is a smoke
  • A woman's place is in the home ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • A word to the wise
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Absolute power corrupts absolutely ( quotation by Lord Acton ) ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Accidents will happen ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Actions speak louder than words
  • Adversity makes strange bedfellows
  • All good things must come to an end
  • All publicity is good publicity ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • All roads lead to Rome
  • All that glisters is not gold ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • All the world loves a lover
  • All things come to he who waits ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
  • All's Well, That Ends Well
  • All's fair in love and war
  • All's for the best in the best of all possible worlds ( Voltaire quotation - in Candide )
  • An Englishman's home is his castle ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • An army marches on its stomach
  • An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
  • Another day, another dollar
  • Any port in a storm
  • April is the cruellest month
  • April showers bring May flowers
  • As the saying goes
  • As you make your bed so must you lie on it
  • As you sow so shall you reap
  • Ashes to ashes dust to dust ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Ask no questions and hear no lies
  • Attack is the best form of defence
  • Bad money drives out good
  • Bad news travels fast
  • Barking dogs seldom bite
  • Be careful what you wish for
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Beauty is only skin deep ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Beggars can't be choosers ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Behind every great man there's a great woman ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow
  • Better late than never ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Better safe than sorry
  • Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don't
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak and remove all doubt
  • Between two stools ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Beware of Greeks bearing gifts ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Beware the Ides of March ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Big fish eat little fish
  • Birds of a feather flock together ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Blessed are the cheese makers ( line from Monty Python's Life of Brian )
  • Blessed are the peacemakers
  • Blood is thicker than water ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Blue are the hills that are far away
  • Boys will be boys
  • Brevity is the soul of wit
  • Brum brum ( child's play idiom expressing the sound of a vehicle )
  • Business before pleasure
  • Caesar's wife must be above suspicion
  • Carpe diem ( latin expression meaning seize the day ) ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Charity begins at home
  • Charity covers a multitude of sins
  • Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat ( proverbial saying )
  • Cheats never prosper
  • Children and fools tell the truth
  • Children should be seen and not heard ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Cleanliness is next to godliness
  • Clothes maketh the man
  • Coin a phrase ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Cold hands warm heart
  • Comparisons are odorous ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Count your blessings
  • Cowards may die many times before their death
  • Crime doesn't pay
  • Cut your coat to suit your cloth
  • Dead men tell no tales
  • Discretion is the better part of valour
  • Distance lends enchantment to the view
  • Do as I say not as I do
  • Do as you would be done by
  • Do not meet your troubles halfway
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't believe everything you hear
  • Don't bite the hand that feeds you
  • Don't burn your bridges behind you
  • Don't cast your pearls before swine
  • Don't change horses in midstream ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't count your chickens before they are hatched ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't cross the bridge till you come to it
  • Don't cry over spilt milk
  • Don't cut off your nose to spite your face ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't get mad get even
  • Don't keep a dog and bark yourself ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't leave your manners on the doorstep
  • Don't let the bastards grind you down ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't let the grass grow under your feet
  • Don't look a gift horse in the mouth ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't mix business with pleasure
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket
  • Don't put new wine into old bottles
  • Don't rock the boat
  • Don't shoot the messenger
  • Don't spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar
  • Don't sweat the small stuff
  • Don't trust anyone over thirty
  • Don't try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Don't try to walk before you can crawl
  • Don't upset the apple-cart
  • Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom
  • Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise
  • East is east and west is west
  • East, west, home's best
  • Easy come easy go
  • Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die
  • Empty vessels make the most noise
  • Enough is as good as a feast
  • Enough is enough
  • Even a worm will turn
  • Every Jack has his Jill
  • Every dark cloud has a silver lining
  • Every dog has his day
  • Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost
  • Every man has his price
  • Every stick has two ends
  • Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
  • Failing to plan is planning to fail
  • Faint heart never won fair lady
  • Fair exchange is no robbery
  • Faith will move mountains
  • Familiarity breeds contempt
  • Feed a cold and starve a fever
  • Fight fire with fire
  • Fight the good fight
  • Finders keepers, losers weepers
  • Fine words butter no parsnips
  • First come first served
  • First impressions last
  • First things first
  • Fish always rot from the head downwards ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Fish and guests smell after three days
  • Flattery will get you nowhere
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  • For everything there is a season
  • For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the man was lost
  • Forewarned is forearmed
  • Forgive and forget
  • Fortune favours the brave
  • Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains ( Thomas Carlyle quotation )
  • Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration ( Thomas Edison quotation )
  • Give a dog a bad name and hang him
  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
  • Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself
  • Give credit where credit is due
  • God helps those who help themselves
  • Good fences make good neighbours
  • Good talk saves the food
  • Good things come to those who wait ( Guinness advertising slogan )
  • Great minds think alike
  • Half a loaf is better than no bread
  • Handsome is as handsome does
  • Hard cases make bad law
  • Hard work never did anyone any harm
  • Hard work never killed anyone
  • Haste makes waste
  • He that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing
  • He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches ( George Bernard Shaw quotation )
  • He who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day
  • He who hesitates is lost
  • He who laughs last laughs longest
  • He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword
  • He who pays the piper calls the tune
  • He who sups with the Devil should use a long spoon
  • Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  • Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
  • History repeats itself
  • Home is where the heart is
  • Honesty is the best policy
  • Hope springs eternal
  • Hope springs eternal in the human breast ( from a poem by Alexander Pope )
  • Horses for courses
  • If God had meant us to fly he would have given us wings
  • If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well
  • If anything can go wrong, it will
  • If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again
  • If ifs and ands were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers
  • If it ain't broke don't fix it
  • If life deals you lemons made lemonade
  • If the cap fits, wear it
  • If the mountain won't go to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain
  • If the shoe fits, wear it
  • If wishes were horses beggars would ride
  • If you build it they will come
  • If you can't be good, be careful
  • If you can't beat em, join em
  • If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas
  • If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
  • If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
  • Ignorance is bliss
  • Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  • In for a penny in for a pound
  • In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king
  • In the midst of life we are in death
  • Into every life a little rain must fall
  • It goes without saying
  • It is easy to be wise after the event
  • It never rains but it pours
  • It takes a thief to catch a thief
  • It takes all sorts to make a world
  • It takes one to know one
  • It takes two to tango
  • It's all grist to the mill
  • It's an ill wind that blows no one any good ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • It's better to be looked over than overlooked
  • It's better to give than to receive
  • It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness
  • It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  • It's never too late
  • It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted
  • It's not over until the fat lady sings
  • It's not worth crying over spilt milk
  • It's the early bird that gets the worm
  • It's the empty can that makes the most noise
  • It's the singer not the song
  • It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
  • Jack of all trades but master of none
  • Judge not, that ye be not judged
  • Keep your chin up
  • Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer ( proverbial saying )
  • Keep your powder dry
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and, you weep alone
  • Laughter is the best medicine
  • Least said soonest mended
  • Less is more
  • Let bygones be bygones
  • Let not the sun go down on your wrath
  • Let sleeping dogs lie
  • Let the buyer beware
  • Let the dead bury the dead
  • Let the punishment fit the crime
  • Let well alone
  • Life begins at forty
  • Life is just a bowl of cherries
  • Life is what you make it
  • Life's not all beer and skittles ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  • Like father, like son
  • Little pitchers have big ears
  • Little strokes fell great oaks
  • Little things please little minds
  • Live for today for tomorrow never comes
  • Look before you leap
  • Love is blind
  • Love makes the world go round
  • Love thy neighbour as thyself
  • Love will find a way
  • Make hay while the sun shines
  • Make love not war
  • Man does not live by bread alone
  • Manners maketh man
  • Many a mickle makes a muckle
  • Many a true word is spoken in jest
  • Many are called but few are chosen
  • Many hands make light work
  • March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb
  • March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers
  • Marriages are made in heaven
  • Marry in haste, repent at leisure
  • Might is right
  • Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
  • Misery loves company
  • Moderation in all things
  • Money doesn't grow on trees
  • Money doesn't talk, it swears
  • Money is the root of all evil
  • Money isn't everything
  • Money makes the world go round
  • Money talks
  • More haste, less speed
  • Music has charms to soothe the savage breast
  • My enemy's enemy is my friend ( proverb suggesting that opposing parties should cooperate )
  • Nature abhors a vacuum
  • Ne'er cast a clout till May is out
  • Necessity is the mother of invention
  • Needs must when the Devil drives
  • Never go to bed on an argument
  • Never judge a book by its cover
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth
  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
  • Never speak ill of the dead
  • Never tell tales out of school
  • Nine tailors make a man
  • No man can serve two masters
  • No man is an island
  • No news is good news
  • No pain, no gain
  • No rest for the wicked
  • Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  • Nothing succeeds like success
  • Nothing ventured nothing gained
  • Oil and water don't mix
  • Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
  • Once a thief, always a thief
  • Once bitten, twice shy
  • One good turn deserves another
  • One half of the world does not know how the other half lives
  • One hand washes the other
  • One law for the rich and another for the poor
  • One man's meat is another man's poison
  • One swallow doesn't make a summer
  • One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
  • One year's seeds make seven year weeds
  • Only fools and horses work
  • Opportunity never knocks twice
  • Opportunity only knocks once
  • Out of sight, out of mind
  • Parsley seed goes nine times to the devil
  • Patience is a virtue
  • Pearls of wisdom
  • Penny wise, pound foolish
  • People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
  • Physician heal thyself
  • Possession is nine tenths of the law
  • Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely
  • Practice makes perfect
  • Prevention is better than cure
  • Pride comes before a fall
  • Procrastination is the thief of time
  • Put your best foot forward
  • Rain before seven, fine before eleven
  • Red sky at night shepherds delight
  • Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning
  • Revenge is a dish best served cold
  • Revenge is sweet
  • Rome wasn't built in a day
  • Saturday's child works hard for a living
  • See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you'll have all day
  • Seeing is believing
  • Seek and ye shall find
  • Set a thief to catch a thief
  • Share and share alike
  • Shrouds have no pockets
  • Silence is golden
  • Slow but sure
  • Softly, softly, catchee monkey
  • Spare the rod and spoil the child
  • Speak as you find
  • Speak softly and carry a big stick
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me
  • Still waters run deep
  • Strike while the iron is hot
  • Stupid is as stupid does
  • Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan
  • Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves
  • Talk is cheap
  • Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear
  • Tell the truth and shame the Devil
  • That which does not kill us makes us stronger ( Friedrich Nietzsche quotation )
  • The Devil finds work for idle hands to do
  • The Devil take the hindmost
  • The age of miracles is past
  • The apple never falls far from the tree
  • The best defence is a good offence
  • The best is the enemy of the good
  • The best laid schemes of mice and men
  • The best things in life are free
  • The bigger they are the harder they fall
  • The bottom line is the bottom line is the bottom line
  • The boy is father to the man
  • The bread always falls buttered side down
  • The child is father of the man ( from a poem by Wordsworth )
  • The cobbler always wears the worst shoes
  • The course of true love never did run smooth
  • The customer is always right
  • The darkest hour is just before the dawn
  • The devil looks after his own
  • The early bird catches the worm
  • The ends justify the means
  • The exception which proves the rule
  • The female of the species is more deadly than the male
  • The fruit does not fall far from the tree
  • The good die young
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
  • The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
  • The husband is always the last to know
  • The labourer is worthy of his hire
  • The law is an ass
  • The longest journey starts with a single step
  • The love of money is the root of all evil
  • The more the merrier
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same
  • The pen is mightier than sword
  • The phrase that pays
  • The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  • The road to hell is paved with good intentions
  • The saying goes
  • The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot
  • The truth will out
  • The wages of sin is death
  • The way to a man's heart is through his stomach
  • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts ( proverbial saying )
  • There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream
  • There are no pockets in a shroud
  • There are none so blind as those that will not see
  • There are two sides to every question
  • There but for the grace of God go I
  • There's a time and a place for everything
  • There's an exception to every rule
  • There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle
  • There's many a good tune played on an old piano
  • There's many a slip twixt cup and lip
  • There's more than one way to skin a cat
  • There's no accounting for taste
  • There's no fool like an old fool
  • There's no place like home
  • There's no smoke without fire
  • There's no such thing as a free lunch
  • There's no such thing as bad publicity ( the meaning and origin of this phrase.. )
  • There's no time like the present
  • There's none so blind as those who will not see
  • There's none so deaf as they that will not hear
  • There's nothing new under the sun
  • There's nowt so queer as folk
  • There's one born every minute
  • There's plenty more fish in the sea
  • They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind
  • Third time lucky
  • Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
  • Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  • Those whom the Gods love die young
  • Thursday's child has far to go
  • Time and tide wait for no man
  • Time flies when you are having fun