55 Proverbs

55 Proverbs explained by Dharmendra Sheth, Spoken English and IELTS TOEFL trainer in Surat Fluentlingua

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1.        A bad workman blames his tools.

2.        A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

3.        A drowning man will clutch at a straw.

4.        A fool and his money are soon parted.

5.        A miss is as good as a mile.

6.        A rolling stone gathers no moss.

7.        A small leak can sink a great ship.

8.        Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

9.        As you make your bed, so must you lie on it.

10.     Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

11.     Birds of a feather flock together.

12.     Charity begins at home.

13.     Discretion is the better part of valour.

14.     Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

15.     Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

16.     Empty vessels make most noise.

17.     Every cloud has a silver lining.

18.     Every dog has his/its day.

19.     Faint heart never won fair lady.

20.     Familiarity breeds contempt.

21.     Forbidden fruit tastes sweeter.

22.     Great oaks from little acorns grow.

23.     Half a loaf is better than none.

24.     He, who pays the piper, calls the tune.

25.     Let not the pot call the kettle black.

26.     Let sleeping dogs lie.

27.     Look before you leap.

28.     Many hands make light work.

29.     More haste, less speed.

30.     Necessity is the mother of invention.

31.     New brooms sweep clean.

32.     No news is good news.

33.     Once bitten twice shy.

34.     One swallow doth not make a summer.

35.     Out of sight, out of mind.

36.     Out of the frying pan into the fire.

37.     Penny wise, pound foolish.

38.     Practise what you preach.

39.     Pride goes before a fall.

40.     Silence implies consent.

41.     Spare the rod and spoil the child.

42.     Speech is silvern, silence is golden.

43.     Still waters run deep.

44.     The best form of defence is attack.

45.     The Devil finds work for idle hands.

46.     The early bird catches the worm.

47.     There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.

48.     There is no smoke without fire.

49.     There is nowt so queer as folk.

50.     To err is human, to forgive is divine.

51.     Too many cooks spoil the broth.

52.     Truth will out.

53.     Two heads are better than one.

54.     While/When the cat's away, the mice will play.

You may as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.

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