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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 bleating sheep loses a bite.
suggests that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31: a clever hawk hides its claws
suggests that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

39: A drop in the bucket.
idiom meaning:

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

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

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

43: A fly in the ointment.
expression for:

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

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

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

47: A fool may throw a stone into a well which a hundred wise men
meaning that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

64: A good name is sooner lost than won.
menaing that:

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

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

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

68: A guilty conscience is the mother of invention.
:

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

70: A hard nut to crack.
refers to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

78: A Joke never gains an enemy but often loses a friend.
:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

86: A little fire is quickly trodden out.
:

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

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

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

90: A new broom sweeps clean.
said when:

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

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

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

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

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

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

97: A rolling stone gathers no moss.
suggests that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

113: A watched pot never boils.
indicates that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

123: Adversity makes strange bedfellows.
means that:

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

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

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

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

128: After rain comes fair weather.
meaning:

129: After us the deluge.
expression stating :

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

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

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

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

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

135: All asses wag their ears.
suggests that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

145: All is well that ends well.
declares that:

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

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

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

149: All roads lead to Rome .
means that:

150: All sugar and honey.
said for :

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

152: All that glitters is not gold.
expresses that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

169: An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.
means that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

178: Anger and haste hinder good counsel.
because:

179: Another day, another dollar.
shows:

180: Any port in a storm.
means that:

181: Appearances are deceitful.
suggests that:

182: Appetite comes with eating.
suggests that:

183: As drunk as a lord
expression meaning:

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

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

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

187: As old as the hills.
expression meaning:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

204: Aw you bake, so shall you brew.
suggests that: