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Proverbs starting with B

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

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

3: Bad money drives out good.
states that:

4: Bad news has wings.
denotes that:

5: Bad things come in threes
a superstition :

6: Barking dogs seldom bite.
means that:

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

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

9: Be on the safe side
meaning that you must:

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

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

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

13: Bear and forbear.
means that:

14: Beauty draws with a single hair.
denotes that:

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

16: Beauty is only skin deep.
means that:

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

18: Before one can say Jack Robinson.
said when:

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

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

21: Beggars cannot be choosers.
advices that:

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

23: Best defense is offense.
suggests that:

24: Best things in life are free.
suggests that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

32: Better be born lucky than rich.
expresses that:

33: Better be envied than pitied.
indicates that:

34: Better be safe than sorry.
suggests that:

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

36: Better brain than brawn.
suggests that:

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

38: Better die standing than live kneeling.
suggests that:

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

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

41: Better late than never.
suggests that:

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

43: Better one house spoiled than two
is said for:

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

45: Better out than in.
advices that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

52: Better to marry than to burn
advices that is:

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

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

55: Better unborn than untaught.
emphasizes:

56: Better untaught than ill-taught.
suggests that:

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

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

59: Between the upper and nether millstone.
used when:

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

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

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

63: Big fish eat little fish.
means that:

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

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

66: Birds of a feather flock together.
means that:

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

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

69: Blind men can judge no colours.
means that:

70: Blood is thicker than water.
means that:

71: Blood is thicker than water.
declares that:

72: Blood will have bloods.
suggests that:

73: Blood will tell.
states that:

74: Borrowed garments never fit well.
expresses that:

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

76: Brave men leaved and before Agamemnon.
but:

77: Brevity is the soul of wit.
means that:

78: Brevity is the soul of wit.
declares that:

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

80: Burn the candle at both ends
said for :

81: Business before pleasure.
expression empphasizing :

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

83: By hook or by crook.
means: