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

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

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

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

5: A bad penny always turns up.
means that:

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

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

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

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

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

11: A black hen lays a white egg.
meaning:

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

13: A bleating sheep loses a bite.
suggests that:

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

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

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

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

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

19: A bully is always a coward.
or else:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27: A chicken and egg question,
refers to:

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

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

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

31: A clean conscience is a good pillow
meaning that:

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

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

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

35: a clever hawk hides its claws
suggests that:

36: A close mouth catches no flies.
implies that:

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

38: A constant guest is never welcome.
expresses that:

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

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

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

42: A cross to bear
declares:

43: A danger foreseen is half avoided.
meaning that:

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

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

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

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

48: A dripping June sets all in tune
means that:

49: A drop in the bucket.
idiom meaning:

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

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

52: A fair exchange is no robbery
it is used:

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

54: A fault confessed is half redressed.
meaning that:

55: A flower blooms more than once.
indicates that:

56: A fly in the ointment.
expression for:

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

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

59: A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
meaning that:

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

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

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

63: A forced kindness deserves no thanks.
meaning that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

76: A good marksman may miss.
is used for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

87: A hard nut to crack.
refers to:

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

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

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

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

92: A house divided against itself cannot stand
suggests that:

93: A hungry belly has no ears.
means that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

101: A lender nor borrower be.
the best is:

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

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

104: A lie begets a lie.
expression meaning that :

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

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

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

108: A loaded wagon makes no noise.
states that:

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

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

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

112: A miserly father makes a prodigal son.
obviously:

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

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

115: A new broom sweeps clean.
said when:

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

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

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

119: A penny soul never came to twopence.
means:

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

121: A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
means that:

122: A rising tide lifts all boats.
states that:

123: A rolling stone gathers no moss.
means that:

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

125: A rotten apple spoils the barrel.
suggests that:

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

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

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

129: A silent fool is counted wise.
or else :

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

131: A soft answer turns away wrath.
suggests that:

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

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

134: A storm in a teacup.
is used for:

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

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

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

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

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

140: A thing begun is half done.
expresses that:

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

142: A threatened blow is seldom given.
suggests that:

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

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

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

146: A watched pot never boils.
indicates that:

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

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

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

150: A wonder lasts but nine days.
implies that:

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

152: A word spoken is past recalling.
means that:

153: A young idler, an old beggar.
meaning:

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

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

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

157: Acting like a chicken with its head cut-off
said for :

158: Actions speak louder than words.
It means that :

159: Admiration is the daughter of ignorance
suggests that:

160: Adversity is a great schoolmaster.
it means that:

161: Adversity makes strange bedfellows.
means that:

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

163: Advisors run no risks.
used to say that:

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

165: After a storm comes a calm.
means that:

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

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

168: After rain comes fair weather.
meaning:

169: After us the deluge.
expression stating :

170: Against the clock
meaning that:

171: Age before beauty.
expression meaning that :

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

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

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

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

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

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

178: All asses wag their ears.
suggests that:

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

180: All cats are grey in the dark.
meaning:

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

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

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

184: All in good time.
meaning that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

192: All men can’t be first.
literaly:

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

194: All roads lead to Rome .
means that:

195: All sugar and honey.
expression said for:

196: All that glitters is not gold.
means that:

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

198: All things come to those who wait.
expresses:

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

200: All thumbs
said for :

201: All truths are not to be told.
meaning:

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

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

204: Always put your best foot forward.
suggests that:

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

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

207: An army marches on its stomach.
states that:

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

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

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

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

212: An empty vessel makes much noise.
suggests that:

213: An Englishman's word is his bond
suggests that:

214: An evil chance seldom comes alone.
suggests that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

226: Anger and haste hinder good counsel.
because:

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

228: Another day, another dollar.
shows:

229: Ants in his pants (has)
said for :

230: Any port in a storm.
means that:

231: Any time means no time.
signifies that:

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

233: Appearances are deceitful.
suggests that:

234: Appetite comes with eating.
suggests that:

235: Apple doesn't fall far from the tree
said for :

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

237: As drunk as a lord
expression meaning:

238: As fate would have it
states that:

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

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

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

242: As old as the hills.
expression meaning:

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

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

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

246: As sure as eggs is eggs.
said when:

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

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

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

250: As welcome as flowers in May.
expression meaning :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

259: At the blink of an eye
meaning:

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