Englische Weisheiten 1

A a dog is a man's best friend.

A bad apple ruins the bunch.

A bad break.

A bad hair day.

A bad penny always comes back.

A bad penny always turns up.

A bad tree does not yield good apples.

A bad workman always blames his tools.

A bad workman blames his tools.

A baker's dozen.
en] Thirteen.

A ballpark figure.
en] A rough estimate within acceptable bounds.

A barking dog never bites.

A basket case.
en] A crazy person.

A bean in liberty is better then a comfit in prison.

A bellyful is one of meat, drink, or sorrow.

A big ask.

A big fish in a small pond.

A bigger bang for your buck.

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

A Bit Much.

A Bite at The Cherry.

A bite from a lion is better the look of envy.

A bite to eat.

A Bitter Pill to Swallow.

A blast from the past.

A blessing in disguise.
en] A good thing that first appears as a bad thing.
en] Something that initially seems negative or like bad luck.

A Blot on the Landscape.

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.

A Bone to Pick.

A brave man is one who faces what he must.

A breath of fresh air.
en] Something new that adds life and energy to a situation.

A bridge too far.
en] This expression can be used when someone sets goals that are to high and they fail.

A broken Apothecary a new Doctour.

A broken watch is right two times a day.

A buck is a buck is a buck.

A bull and cow.

A Bully is Always a Coward.

A bunch of fives.

A Burnt Child Dreads the Fire.

A Bushel and a Peck.

A Busman's Holiday.

A Busy Bee.

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

A camel is a horse made by a committee.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

A Card Carrying Member.

A Card Up Your Sleeve.

A Case of Mistaken Identity.

A cat can look at a king.

A Cat Has Nine Lives.

A cat in gloves catches no mice.

A Cat May Look at a King.

A Cat Nap.

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

A change is as good as a rest.

A change of heart.
en] When you change your mind about something.

A Checkered Career.

A chip on your shoulder.
en] Feeling anger or regret because of things that happened in the past.

A christmas box.

A closed mouth catches no flies.

A closed mouth gathers no feet.

A cog in the wheel and a cog in the machine.

A Cold Day In July.

A Cold Fish.

A contented mind is a perpetual feast.

A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.

A covetous man is like a dog in a wheel that roast/eth meat for others.

A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once.

A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.

A creaking door hangs longest.

A Curate's Egg.

A Cut Above.

A Cut Below.

A cut-purse is a sure trade, for he hath ready money when his work is done.

A danger foreseen is half avoided.

A Daniel come to judgement.

A Day Late And A Dollar Short.

A dead end.
en] A path or situation that leads nowhere or offers no prospects.

A diamond in the rough.

A diamond is forever.

A different kettle of fish.

A dime a dozen.
en] Very common and of little value.

A Dish Fit For the Gods.

A Dog in The Manger.

A dog is a man's best friend.

A dollar put into a book and a book mastered might change the whole course of a boy's life. It might easily be the beginning of the development of leadership that would carry the boy far in service to his fellow men.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

A doubting Thomas.

A drop in the bucket.
en] A small amount compared to the whole.

A drop in the ocean.

A drowning man will clutch at a straw.

A dry cough is the trumpeter of death.

A Dry Run.

A dumb priest never got a parish.

A fair woman and a slash't gown find alway some nail in the way.

A Far Cry From.

A fat house-keeper makes lean executors.

A fate worse than death.

A fault confessed is half redressed.

A feather in one's cap.

A Few Sandwiches Short Of A Picnic.

A fish always rots from the head down.

A fish out of water.

A Fish Rots from the Head Down.

A flash in the pan.

A flea in his ear.

A fly in the ointment.

A fly on the wall.

A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A fool demands much, but he is a greater fool that gives it.

A fool is fulsome.

A Fool's Paradise.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

A foot in the door.

A foregone conclusion.

A fox smells its own lair first. Or: A fox smells its own stink first.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A friend is never known till a man have need.

A friend is not so soon gotten as lost.

A frog in the throat.

A full purse makes the mouth to speak.

A gentleman is one who does not uphold the rich nor cast down the poor.

A Gift long waited for is sold and not given.

A golden bit does not make the horse any better.

A golden key can open any door.

A good beginning makes a good ending.

A good candle-holder proves a good gamester.

A Good Deal.

A good deed is its own reward.

A good lawyer an evil neighbour.

A good man is hard to find.

A good name is above all earthly titles.

A good name keeps its lustre in the dark.

A good recorder sets all in order.

A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand.

A good thing is soon snatch't up.

A good Winter brings a good Summer.

A gray area.
en] A vague or unclear area.

A great business is really too big to be human.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

A Great Deal.

A great dowry is a bed full of brabbles.

A great ship doth ask deep waters.

A green wound is soon healed.

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

A Guinea Pig.

A gut feeling.
en] An intuitive feeling.

A Hair's Breadth.

A half truth is a whole lie.

A hard man is good to find.

A Hard Pill to Swallow.

A hedge between keeps friends green.

A hit dog will holler.

A Home Bird.

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.

A hot potato.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

A house is not a home.

A House of Cards.

A House of Ill Repute.

A Hundred And Ten Percent.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

A kingdom is lost for want of a shoe.

A knight in shining armour.

A knotty piece of timber must have smooth wedges.

la carte.

la mode.

A Lame Duck.

A Leg Up.

A legend in one's own lifetime.

A Lemon.

A Leopard Cannot Change its Spots.

A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.

A lie has no legs.

A Life Of Its Own.

A light Christmas a heavy sheaf.

A list of proverbs.

A list.
en] The A list refers to a group of people that are viewed as being desirable in some way.

A little bird told me.
en] When people do not want to reveal the source of information.

A little body doth often harbour a great'soul.

A Little from Column A, a Little from Column B.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

A little of what you fancy does you good.

A load of cobblers.

A load of codswallop.

A Lone Wolf.

A long haul.
en] The option that takes the most time.

A Long Shot.

A long tongue is a sign of a short hand.

A lot on my plate.
en] This expression is used when a person has a lot of things going in their life at the same time.

A Lot on One's Plate.

A lot on your plate.

A lot versus Alot.
en] Confusing Words

A loving couple wants to be left alone.

A low hedge is easily leapt over.

A Lump in My Throat.

A maid oft seen, a gown oft worn

A Maid that giveth yieldeth.

A maid that laughs is half taken.

A man after my own heart.

A man given to pride is usually proud of the wrong thing.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

A man is known by his friends.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

A man may cause his own dog to bite him.

A man may loose his goods for want of demanding them.
la] Optima nomina non appellando fiunt mala.

A man must sell his ware after the rates of the market.

A man never surfets of too much honesty.

A Man of Few Words.

A man of gladness seldom falls into madness.

A man who cannot think is not an educated man, however many college degrees he may have acquired.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a/his client.

A man without reason is a beast in season.

A mans best fortune or his worst is a wife.

A man's conduct showeth forth his character, and whatsoever work a man doeth maketh known what he is.

A man's home is his castle.

A mans worst enemies are often those of his own house.

A Method to the Madness.

A Million and One.

A millstone around one's neck.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

A ministering angel shall my sister be.

A miss by an inch is a miss by a mile.

A miss is as good as a mile.

A nation of shopkeepers.

A nest of vipers.

A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom knows the corners.

A new broom sweeps clean.

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
Max Planck (1858 - 1947)

A night with Venus and a life with mercury.

A noble house-keeper needs no doors.

A no-brainer.

A nod is as good as a wink.

A nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse.

A norange.

A Notch Above.

A pain (in the neck).
en] Something annoying/irritating.

A paying guest.

A penny for your thoughts.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A penny saved is a penny gained.

A perfect storm.

A person is known by the company he keeps.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

A picture paints a thousand words.

A piece of cake.
en] Something very easy.

A piece of the action.

A pig in a poke.

A pipe dream.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

A place in the sun.

A plague on both your houses.

A Plum Job.

A poison tree bears poison fruit.

A poor workman always blames his tools.

A Pound of Flesh.

A pretty penny.

A priori.

A problem shared is a problem halved.

A promise is a promise.

A promise made is a promise kept.

A prophet is not recognized in his own land.

A Rare Bird.

A red rag to a bull.

A revolution is not a dinner party.

A riddle wrapped up in an enigma.

A rip-off.
en] Something very over-priced.

A rising tide lifts all boats.
en] When an economy is performing well, all the people involved benefit from it.

A rolling stone does not gather moss.
Publius Syrus, Sententiae
la] Musco lapis volutus haud obducitur.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.
la] Saxum volutum non obducitur musco.

A rolling stone is not covered with moss.
Desiderius Erasmus, Adagia (1500?1536), III, iv

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

A rose is a rose is a rose.

A rotten apple injures its neighbors.

A rugged stone grows smooth from hand to hand.

A rule of thumb.
en] A personal principle.

A safe pair of hands.

A Scaredy-Cat.

A scepter is one thing, a ladle another.
la] Alia res sceptrum, alia plectrum.

A sea change.

A Second Bite At The Cherry.

A sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to our steps as we walk the tightrope of life.

A sensible car should take its owner everywhere - except to Vanity Fair.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

A shot in the arm.

A sick puppy.

A sight for sore eyes.

A Sitting Duck.

A skeleton in the closet.

A Slap in the Face.

A slap on the wrist.

A sledgehammer to crack a nut.

A slip of the tongue.
en] A mistake in speaking.

A smiling boy seldom proves a good servant.

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

A snowball effect.

A snowball's chance in hell.

A soft answer turneth away wrath.

A son is a son 'till he gets him a wife; a daughter's a daughter all her life.

A sorry sight.

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.

A staff is quickly found to beat a dog.

A stick in a bundle cannot be broken.

A stick in a bundle is unbreakable.

A still tongue makes a wise head.

A stitch in time saves nine.

A stone's throw.
en] Very near.

A stopped clock is right twice a day.

A storm in a teacup.

A storm is brewing.
en] There will be trouble or emotional upset in the near future.

A suit of law and an urinal bring a man to the hospital.

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.

A Tall Order.

A tall tale.
en] A greatly exaggerated story.

A taste of your own medicine.

A thief thinks everyone steals.

A thin meadow is soon mow'd.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

A thorn in my flesh.

A thought that does not result in action is nothing much, and an action that does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
Georges Bernanos(1888 - 1948)

A thousand pounds and a bottle of hay, is all one thing at Dooms day.

A tinker's damn.

A toss up.

A Toss-Up.

A tree is known by the fruit, and not by the leaves.

A trouble shared is a trouble halved.

A true friend should be like a privy, open in necessity.

A turn up for the books.

A twig in a bundle cannot be broken.

A twig in a bundle is unbreakable.

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

A versus An.
en] Confusing Words

A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.

A watched kettle never boils.

A watched pot never boils.

A wild goose never laid a tame egg.

A Wing and a Prayer.

A wise man associating with the vicious becomes an idiot; a dog traveling with good men becomes a rational being.

A wolf in sheep's clothing.

A woman is like a tea bag; you'll never know how strong she is until she's in hot water.

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

A woman's place is in the home.

A woman's work is never done.

A word in edgeways.

A word in your shell-like.

A word spoken is past recalling.

A word to the wise is enough.

A young man's fancy.

A1 at Lloyds.

Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here.

Abide by Something.

Abide with me.

Able to Take a Joke.

About face.

About time.

About To.

About turn.

Above And Beyond.

Above Board.

Above The Law.

Above The Salt.

Above Water.


Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Absent without leave.


Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

Accent versus Ascent versus Assent.
en] Confusing Words

Accept versus Except.
en] Confusing Words

Access versus Excess.
en] Confusing Words

Accident Of Birth.

Accident Waiting To Happen.

Accidentally on purpose.

Accidently versus Accidentally.
en] Confusing Words

Accidents will happen (in the best-regulated families).

Acclimation versus Acclamation.
en] Confusing Words

According To Hoyle.

According to our thoughts will we be prosperous, for he who thinks for prosperity persistent enough igh will make himself one great magnet to draw or attract kindred things that make for prosperity.

Ace in the hole.

Ace It.

Ace Up One's Sleeve.

Achilles heel.
en] A person or things weak spot is known as an Achilles heel.

Acid Test.

Acknowledge The Corn.

Acknowledgement versus Acknowledgment.
en] Confusing Words

Acquired Taste.


Across the board.

Across The Pond.

Act High-and-Mighty.

Act Of Congress.

Act of Faith.

Act of God.

Act One's Age.

Act the giddy goat.

Act your age.

Acting Up.

Action man.

Actions speak louder than words, and thereby we are judged of men; but God judgeth from the heart and the intent thereof.

Actions speak louder than words.

Active Duty.

Acumen versus Acuity versus Acuteness.
en] Confusing Words

Acute versus Chronic.
en] Confusing Words

Ad Hoc.

Ad Nauseam.

Ad versus Add.
en] Confusing Words

Adam's ale.

Adam's apple.
en] An Adam's apple is the protrusion in the human neck. It is usually larger in males than females.

Adapter versus Adaptor.
en] Confusing Words

Add fuel to the fire.
en] Inflame or worsen a bad situation.
en] To make an already bad situation worse.

Add insult to injury.
en] Make an insulting situation even worse.

Add to golden numbers golden numbers.

Addenda versus Addendum.
en] Confusing Words

Addicting versus Addictive.
en] Confusing Words

Adsorb versus Absorb.
en] Confusing Words

Adversity makes strange bedfellows.

Advice versus Advise.
en] Confusing Words

Adviser versus Advisor.
en] Confusing Words

Aerobic versus Anaerobic.
en] Confusing Words

Aeroplane versus Airplane.
en] Confusing Words

Affect Change versus Effect Change.
en] Confusing Words

Affect versus Effect.
en] Confusing Words

Affective versus Effective.
en] Confusing Words

Afflict versus Inflict.
en] Confusing Words

Afraid of Your Shadow.

After a storm comes a calm.

After All is Said and Done.

After clouds comes clear weather.

After Hours.

After One's Own Heart.

After supper walk a mile.

After The Fact.

After The Lord Mayor's Show.

Afterward versus Afterwards.
en] Confusing Words

Aga saga.

Against a Brick Wall.

Against My Better Judgment.

Against My Will.

Against the clock.
en] Against the clock means to be in a hurry or to be rushed because of a deadline.

Against the grain.
en] Contrary to what is expected or preferred.

Against The Run Of Play.

Age Before Beauty.

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

Ageing versus Aging.
en] Confusing Words

Agree To Disagree.

Agreement In Principle.

Aha Moment.

Ahead Of One's Time.

Ahead Of The Curve.

Ahead Of The Game.

Ahead of the pack.
en] To be ahead of the pack means to be ahead of your peers or rivals in a competition.

Ahead of Time.

Ahold versus A hold.
en] Confusing Words

Aid and abet.

Aid versus Aide.
en] Confusing Words


Aiding and Abetting.

Ain't my first rodeo.

Air kiss.

Air quotes.

Air Rage.

Airy Fairy.

Aisle versus Isle.
en] Confusing Words

Aka versus A.k.a..
en] Confusing Words

Al desko.

Al fresco.

Alas Poor Yorick.

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio.

Albatross Around One's Neck.

Alike as two peas in a pod.

Alive and kicking.
en] To be alive and kicking means to be doing well or in working order.

All agog.

All Along.

All And Sundry.

All are not friends that speak us fair.

All are not thieves that the dogs bark at.

All at sea.

All bark and no bite.
en] To talk tough but never actually do anything.

All Bets Are Off.

All Better.

All cats are gray at night.

All cats are gray in the dark.

All cats are grey at night.

All cats are grey by night.

All cats are grey in the dark.

All centuries are dangerous; it is the business of the future to be dangerous. It must be admitted that there is a degree of instability which is inconsistent with civilization. But, on the whole, the great ages have been the unstable ages.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

All disputes arise because one of us wants to force his opinion on another.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go.

All ears.
en] To be eager to hear what someone is about to say.

All Eyes And Ears.

All Eyes Are On.

All feet tread not in one shoe.

All fingers and thumbs.

All fired up.
en] Highly enthusiastic.

All for one and one for all.

All for the Best.

All Fur Coat And No Knickers.

All Gone.

All good in the hood.

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