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A a dog is a man's best friend.

A bachelor should always spend minimum time with a friend's wife.
Africa

A bachelor's wife doesn't have ears.
Africa

A bad apple ruins the bunch.

A bad break.

A bad carpenter blames his tools.
English phrase.

A bad cook also has his/her share of the bad food.
Africa

A bad habit is like fire you can't play with it and expect not to get burnt.
Africa

A bad hair day.

A bad neighbour is as great a misfortune as a good one is a great blessing.
HESIOD (Circa 720 b. c.?), Works and Days, Line 346

A bad penny always comes back.

A bad penny always comes back.
English phrase.

A bad penny always turns up.

A bad penny always turns up.
English phrase.

A bad tree does not yield good apples.

A bad workman always blames his tools.

A bad workman always blames his tools.
English phrase.

A bad workman blames his tools.

A bad wound deserves strong medicine.
Africa

A baker's dozen.
en] Thirteen.

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

A Banana republic.
widespread idiom
en] a small politically unstable country; dependent on limited agriculture, ruled by a small wealthy and corrupt clique.

A barber does not shave himself.
Africa

A barking dog never bites.

A barren woman is like a leaking pot.
Africa

A basket case.
en] A crazy person.

A bean counter.
English phrase.

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

A beautiful one hurts the heart.
Africa

A beggar won't mind being insulted.
Africa

A beggar's knees are supple.
Africa

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

A big ask.

A big blow hard.
English phrase.

A big fish in a small pond.

A big fish is caught with big bait.
Africa

A bigger bang for your buck.

A bird doesn't alert his fellow bird that a stone is coming.
Africa

A bird doesn't forget one who killed off his feathers during the rain season.
Africa

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

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

A bird may fly off the earth and land on an anthill, but it will still be on the ground.
Africa

A bird only flies as high as his wings take him.

A bird that flies off the earth and lands on an anthill is still on the ground.
Africa

A bird that prays for rain will find its self soaked.
Africa

A bird with fire on its tail burns its own nest.
Africa

A bit iffy.
English phrase.

A Bit Much.

A bit much.
English phrase.

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 black day.
widespread idiom
en] a day full of failures or disasters, when something very sad or unpleasant happens.

A blacksmith has no need of an axe.
Africa

A blast from the past.

A bleeding heart.
English phrase.

A blessing and a curse.
English phrase.

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 blind person knows his environment more than a visitor with eyes.
Africa

A Blot on the Landscape.

A blow below the belt.
widespread idiom
en] a mean or unfair attack; an ill-mannered, hurtful activity or remark.

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

A Bone to Pick.

A book of friends who still are friends,
With friendship waxing stronger;
A book of friends who once were friends,
But now are friends no longer.
Father Dyer, Photographic Album

A boon and a bane.
English phrase.

A boon or a bane.
English phrase.

A bottle that believes it's cracked to smile it will end up on the dustbin.
Africa

A bowl should not laugh when a calabash breaks.
Africa

A boy may cry; but a man as to conceal his pain.
Africa

A brand new me.
English phrase.

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 bridge too far.
English phrase.

A bright future.
English phrase.

A broken Apothecary a new Doctour.

A broken hand can work but a broken heart can't.

A broken watch is right two times a day.

A buck is a buck is a buck.

A buck is a buck.

A buck's a buck.

A buck's a buck's a buck.

A bull and cow.

A Bully is Always a Coward.

A bunch of fives.

A Burnt Child Dreads the Fire.

A bush that doesn't rotate baskets must not grow mushrooms.
Africa

A Bushel and a Peck.

A Busman's Holiday.

A Busy Bee.

A butterfly thinks itself a bird because it can fly.
Africa

A camel cannot see the crookedness of its neck.
Africa

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.
English phrase.

A camel is a horse made by a committee.

A camel is a horse made by a committee.
English phrase.

A camel never sees its own hump.
Africa

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

A canoe peddler doesn't tell the crocodile he has along snout until he's crossed the river.
Africa

A Card Carrying Member.

A Card Up Your Sleeve.

A Case of Mistaken Identity.

A cat can look at a king.

A cat can look at a king.
English phrase.

A Cat Has Nine Lives.

A cat in gloves catches no mice.

A cat in gloves catches no mice.
English phrase.

A cat in its castle has a lion's teeth.
Africa

A cat keeps its crawls inside until it meets a mouse.
Africa

A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.
Africa

A Cat May Look at a King.

A cat may look at a king.
English phrase.

A Cat Nap.

A centipede is not crippled by the loss of one limb.
Africa

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
English phrase.

A chameleon can only change its colour but never change its skin.
Africa

A change is as good as a rest.

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

A cheap thing doesn't lack defect, nor an expensive thing quality.

A Checkered Career.

A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.
Africa

A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner.
Africa

A chief in the village never sees the devil.
Africa

A chief may have more wives than he can remember but you dare not try to share his wives with him.
Africa

A chief should not create a new law when he is angry.
Africa

A child among elders converses with its ears.
Africa

A child can play with its mother's breasts, but not its father's testicles.
Africa

A child doesn't belong to the father or mother; a child belongs to the ancestors.
Africa

A child doesn't breast-feed from a stepmother if its mother is still alive.
Africa

A child while bathing only scrubs its stomach.
Africa

A child who eats too much shouldn't blame is buttock.
Africa

A child who is fearless is going to bring tears to his mother's eyes.
Africa

A child who knows how to wash his hands will eat with the chiefs.
Africa

A child who protested when being stripped on the back by its mother, it's humbled by the scorching sun when left to walk.
Africa

A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.
Africa

A child's hand is not burned by hot yam which is placed into his palm by his mother.
Africa

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

A christmas box.

A clean conscience makes a soft pillow.
Africa

A clear conscience fears no accusation.
Africa

A closed mouth catches no flies.

A closed mouth gathers no feet.

A closed mouth gathers no feet.
English phrase.

A cloud of uncertainty.
English phrase.

A cloudy sky doesn't always cry rain.
Africa

A cock says it's because of the situation it is faced with that it has its knees in the opposite direction.
Africa

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

A cold day in hell.
English phrase.

A Cold Day In July.

A cold day in July.
English phrase.

A Cold Fish.

A cold war.
widespread idiom
en] a state of tension, distrust, and mutual hostility between states or groups of countries that stops short of armed conflict.

A comb becomes bad when it hurts you.
Africa

A contemplative life has more the appearance of a life of piety than any other; but it is the Divine plan to bring faith into activity and exercise.
Cecil

A contented mind is a perpetual feast.

A corn swallowed by a fowl will never germinate in its belly.
Africa

A corpse doesn't have time to cover its pubic region.
Africa

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 cow must graze where she is tied.
Africa

A cow without a tail should not try to chase away flies.
Africa

A coward always hides behind someone else after he has thrown a stone.
Africa

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

A cowardly hyena lives longer.
Africa

A crazy man can be recognised not by his words, but by his actions.

A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.

A creaking door hangs longest.

A crime eats its own child.
Africa

A Curate's Egg.

A Cut Above.

A cut above.
English phrase.

A Cut Below.

A cut below.
English phrase.

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

A cutting word is worse than a bowstring, a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not.
Africa

A danger foreseen is half avoided.

A Daniel come to judgement.

A dark chapter.
widespread idiom
en] an obscure matter, something that had better not be brought out into the open.

A dark horse.
English phrase.

A dark horse.
widespread idiom
en] a person about whom little is known or who reveals little about himself, especially one with potential as a competitor; a surprise candidate, an unexpectedly successful person or thing that emerges to prominence.

A dark point.
widespread idiom
en] a very unpleasant affair (in someone's life, in the past).

A Day Late And A Dollar Short.

A day late and a dollar short.
English phrase.

A day of hunger is not starvation.
Africa

A day to fire the brave, and warm the cold,
To gain new glories, or augment the old.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XII, Line 321

A day you believe is not bad, is the one that becomes bad.
Africa

A dead body cannot urge over how it should be placed in the grave.
Africa

A dead cock never crows.
Africa

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

A debt may get moldy, but it never decays.
Africa

A debt may get mouldy but it never decays.
Africa

A determined hunter is never frightened in the jungle.
Africa

A diamond doesn't lose its value due to lack of admiration.
Africa

A diamond in the rough.

A diamond is forever.

A different ballpark.
English phrase.

A different kettle of fish.

A difficult journey will make you daring and harden your will.
Africa

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

A dime a dozen.
English phrase.

A dime's worth.
English phrase.

A dirty stick makes everyone who touches it dirty.
Africa

A Dish Fit For the Gods.

A dog cannot eat a bone tied to a snake.
Africa

A dog does not mind being called a dog.
Africa

A dog gives birth to a dog.
Africa

A Dog in The Manger.

A dog is a man's best friend.

A dog knows its master but not its master's master.
Africa

A dog knows the places he is thrown food.

A dog never forgets his master.
Africa

A dog returns to where he has been fed.
Africa

A dog that belongs to every one will die of hunger.
Africa

A dog will defend its territory though it's friendly.
Africa

A dog will not follow its owner to follow a king.
Africa

A dog you don't feed will never heed your call.
Africa

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 donkey has two friends: his two hind legs.

A donkey's husband can protect it from a hyena.
Africa

A doubting Thomas.

A drop in the bucket.

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

A drop in the bucket.
English phrase.

A drop in the ocean.

A drop in the ocean.
English phrase.

A drop in the ocean.
widespread idiom
en] only a very tiny fraction of what is needed, a negligible quantity, something too small or insignificant to have any effect.

A drowning man will clutch at a straw.

A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
Africa

A drunkard is like a whisky bottle only neck and belly but no head.
Africa

A drunken donkey will not remember the monkeys bite.

A dry cough is the trumpeter of death.

A Dry Run.

A dumb priest never got a parish.

A dumb priest never got a parish.
English phrase.

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

A fallen branch cannot bear fruits on its own.
Africa

A false friend is like a shadow their only with you when the sun is shining.
Africa

A family is like a thick forest, often from outside its dense, when your inside each tree has its own position.
Africa

A family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break.
Africa

A Far Cry From.

A fat house-keeper makes lean executors.

A fate worse than death.

A father never resembles his son, it's the son that resembles the father.
Africa

A father voodoos with his son and a mother voodoos with her daughter.
Africa

A fatherless boy is no better than unburied seed.
Africa

A fault confessed is half redressed.

A faultless body and a blameless mind.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book III, Line 138

A favorable wind clear-eyed Athene sent, a brisk west wind that sang along the wine-dark sea.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book II, Line 420

A feather in one's cap.

A feather is just a delicate thing when removed from a bird because it carries the bird everywhere in the world.
Africa

A Few Sandwiches Short Of A Picnic.

A few sandwiches short of a picnic.
English phrase.

A finger's length in a sword and a palm in a lance are a great advantage. I?an,

A fish always rots from the head down.

A fish and bird may fall in love but the two cannot build a home together.
Africa

A fish out of water.

A Fish Rots from the Head Down.

A fish will not live out of water but will prefer air to hot water.
Africa

A fish with teeth tastes the same as fish without.

A flash in the pan.

A flea in his ear.

A fly by night.
English phrase.

A fly in the ointment.

A fly in the ointment.
English phrase.

A fly on the wall.

A fly that dances carelessly in front of a spider's web, risks the wrath of the spider's teeth.
Africa

A fly that falls on your wound is more important.
Africa

A flying saucer.
widespread idiom
en] flying object of unknown type and origin.

A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

A fool and his money are soon parted.
English phrase.

A fool and his money is one big party.
Africa

A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.
Africa

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

A fool is fulsome.

A fool looks for dung where the cow never browsed.
Africa

A fool may chance to put something into a wise man's head.
Africa

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

A foolish head weakens the feet.
Africa

A Fool's Paradise.

A fools' paradise.
English phrase.

A foot in the door.

A foot must never quarrel with the ground.
Africa

A force to reckon with.
English phrase.

A foregone conclusion.

A foreign cock can never crow in a foreign country.
Africa

A forest cannot be cut with a broken axe.
Africa

A fox is in trouble because of his own pelt.

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

A fresh fucked fox in a forest fire.
English phrase.

A friar who asks alms for God's sake begs for two.
Sp.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.
English phrase.

A friend is never known till a man have need.

A friend is not so soon gotten as lost.

A friend is one who knows every thing about you and still wants to be your friend.
Africa

A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
Africa

A friend who fawns is better than an enemy who smiles.
Africa

A frog hopped onto a wall and cried, 'I can see Kashmir!'

A frog in the throat.

A full purse makes the mouth to speak.

A genius is he who is first to be right'.
Africa

A gentle politician doesn't promise to build bridges where there is no water.
Africa

A gentleman and a scholar.
English phrase.

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

A genuine gift is like water when it flows out it can never return.
Africa

A Gift long waited for is sold and not given.

A girl's patience can only be recognised by how long she keeps her virginity.
Africa

A goat does not always graze in the same place.
Africa

A golden bit does not make the horse any better.

A golden key can open any door.

A golden key can open any door.
English phrase.

A good advice is as good as an eye in the hand.
Fr.

A good beginning is a halfway a battle won.
Africa

A good beginning makes a good ending.

A good beginning makes a good ending.
English phrase.

A good candle-holder proves a good gamester.

A good day shows itself early in the morning.
Africa

A Good Deal.

A good deal.
English phrase.

A good deed is its own reward.

A good deed is something one returns.
Africa

A good devil is as equal as to a bad god.
Africa

A good lawyer an evil neighbour.

A good leader was once a good follower.
Africa

A good man gone wrong is usually a bad man found out.
Africa

A good man is hard to find.

A good man is hard to find.
English phrase.

A good man never stays in the grave forever, he always has chance to come back.
Africa

A good name is above all earthly titles.

A good name is better than wealth.
Africa

A good name keeps its lustre in the dark.

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
Africa

A good recorder sets all in order.

A good reputation is something you must pay for, but you can never buy.
Africa

A good smile shows how happy the soul is.
Africa

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 voice to beg bacon.
English phrase.

A good Winter brings a good Summer.

A good year is determined by its spring.

A goose has wandered onto one?s midsection.
English phrase.

A grasshopper that sleeps about will be soon awake in a lizard's mouth.
Africa

A gravestone cannot be used for grinding.
Africa

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 deal.
English phrase.

A great dowry is a bed full of brabbles.

A great ship doth ask deep waters.

A green grass in the green snake.
Africa

A green old age, unconscious of decays.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XXIII, Line 929

A green wound is soon healed.

A guard dog cannot watch two homes at once.
Africa

A guest sees more in an hour than a host in a year.
Africa

A guest who breaks the dishes of his host is not soon forgotten.
Africa

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

A Guinea Pig.

A gut feeling.
en] An intuitive feeling.

A Hair's Breadth.

A hair's breadth.
English phrase.

A half truth is a whole lie.

A hammer does not work with iron.
Africa

A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries.
Africa

A hard man is good to find.

A Hard Pill to Swallow.

A hard/tough nut to crack.
widespread idiom
en] a very difficult problem or task to solve; a very difficult person to deal with.

A hasty man never wants woe.

A hedge between keeps friends green.

A hen's curses have never killed the eagle.
Africa

A herdsman must yell to enter the fence.
Africa

A hit dog will holla.
English phrase.

A hit dog will holler.

A Home Bird.

A home without a woman is like a barn without a yam.
Africa

A horse may take the warrior to the battlefield but can never fight.
Africa

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

A hot potato.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
English phrase.

A house is for a voyage but a tomb is for eternity.
Africa

A house is not a home.

A house is not a home.
English phrase.

A House of Cards.

A House of Ill Repute.

A Hundred And Ten Percent.

A hundred and ten percent.
English phrase.

A hungry calf cannot frisk happily over another with a full stomach.
Africa

A hungry man will thrust his fingers into a snake's hole in search of a grasshopper.
Africa

A hunter who is never satisfied with is gain will one day be forced to carry home an elephant.
Africa

A hunter with one arrow doesn't shoot with a careless aim.
Africa

A husband may be the head of a home but the wife is the heart of a home.
Africa

A hyena cannot smell its own stench.
Africa

A hyena is used to persistent rains.
Africa

A hypocrite's hatred is hidden behind flattering words.
Africa

A into g.
English phrase.

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

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

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
Africa

A juicy bone is useless to a dog with no teeth.
Africa

A king is like a lake, you can't dispense him, otherwise, you risk drowning.
Africa

A king who doesn't tolerate comments about his mouth shouldn't eat in public.
Africa

A kingdom is lost for want of a shoe.

A kinsman in trouble has to be saved, not blamed.
Africa

A knife does not recognize its owner.
Africa

A knight in shining armour.

A knotty piece of timber must have smooth wedges.

A kola nut is small, but it is more important that it goes round to each person and not that it fills the stomach.
Africa

Ā la carte.

A la carte.
English phrase.

Ā la mode.

A lamb takes after its mother.
Africa

A lame crab walks straight.

A Lame Duck.

A lazy chick that exposes itself will be a delicious meal for the eagle.
Africa

A lazy fly cannot have a taste of a fresh wound.
Africa

A lazy man plants on a mad bark as an excuse for not planting.
Africa

A lazy man will remember he has not planted when is neighbour is harvesting.
Africa

A lazy man's farm is the breeding ground for snakes.
Africa

A leader does not rise for a squirrel.
Africa

A leader is he who tells his people what they must hear, not what they want to hear.
Africa

A Leg Up.

A legend in one's own lifetime.

A Lemon.

A Leopard Cannot Change its Spots.

A leopard cannot change its spots.
English phrase.

A leopard is chasing us, and you are asking me, Is it a male or a female?.
Africa

A leopard is such an elusive animal that it can only be caught by the combined force of a man and his father-in-law.
Africa

A leopard's spots: or, what is bred in the babe will come out in the flesh.

A liar is forgetful.

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

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.
Africa

A lie comes back sooner or later.
English phrase.

A lie has many variations, the truth none.
Africa

A lie has no legs.

A lie has no legs.
English phrase.

A Life Of Its Own.

A life of its own.
English phrase.

A lifeboat.
English phrase.

A lifestyle overhaul.
English phrase.

A light Christmas a heavy sheaf.

A lion at home, and a fox abroad.

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 absence does much good.
Fr.

A little agony may drive men mad,
A little madness may the soul destroy.
Mortimer Collins, Multum in Parvo

A little bird told me.

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

A little bird told me.
English phrase.

A little bit of bread and no cheese.
English phrase.

A little body doth often harbour a great'soul.

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

A little from column A, a little from column B.
English phrase.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
English phrase.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

A little of what you fancy does you good.

A little rain each day will fill the rivers to overflowing.
Africa

A little subtleness is better than a lot of force.
Africa

A little water is a sea to an ant.

A lizard can't be a snake even without its limbs.
Africa

A lizard longs to sit down but its tail doesn't let it.
Africa

A lizard without one leg cannot move up a tree.
Africa

A load of cobblers.

A load of codswallop.

A Lone Wolf.

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

A long lasting visitor grinds the wine.
Africa

A Long Shot.

A long tongue is a sign of a short hand.

A long-tailed animal doesn't jump over fire.
Africa

A lot of malarkey.
English phrase.

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge.
widespread idiom
en] it is a long time since then; a lot has happened in the meantime, it is over and done with.

A lot of water will have flowed under the bridge.
widespread idiom
en] a lot of time will pass since an event one is referring to; many things will have taken place by then; this will not happen quickly.

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 lot.
English phrase.

A 'lotta baloney'.
English phrase.

A loving couple wants to be left alone.

A low hedge is easily leapt over.

A Lump in My Throat.

A mad dog bites anything except itself.
Africa

A magician never reveals his secrets.
English phrase.

A maid oft seen, a gown oft worn

A Maid that giveth yieldeth.

A maid that laughs is half taken.

A man accused of stealing a goat should not entertain his visitors with goats meat.
Africa

A man after my own heart.

A man and a goat can be friends but it would be foolishness for the goat to pay the first visit.
Africa

A man can't challenge his spirit in a wrestling match.
Africa

A man does not run among thorns for no reason; either he is chasing a snake or a snake is chasing him.
Africa

A man doesn't escape from bees with a lump of honey in his hand.
Africa

A man doesn't know when he kills.
Africa

A man gets to the land of spirits when he passes seven rivers, seven forests and seven hills.
Africa

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

A man has to hold his mouth open a long time before a roasted partridge flies into it.
Africa

A man in a passion rides a horse that runs away with him.

A man is a stark fool all the while he is angry.

A man is always on the move.
Africa

A man is called a drunkard when he misbehaves, not when he drinks.
Africa

A man is known by his friends.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

A man is known by the company he keeps.
English phrase.

A man is not a man until he has a house of his own.
Africa

A man is obliged to beat his own chest when he has no drum.
Africa

A man is taller than every mountain he climbs.
Africa

A man isn't dead until is buried.
Africa

A man may cause his own dog to bite him.

A man may have an appetite enough
For a whole dish of robins ready cooked,
And yet lack courage to face sleet, pad snow,
And snare sufficiently for supper.
Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book

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 must suffer in silence.
Africa

A man never grows up until his father dies.
Africa

A man never surfets of too much honesty.

A Man of Few Words.

A man of gladness seldom falls into madness.

A man should live to prove himself worth of his own flesh and blood.
Africa

A man should not be too happy in the morning.
Africa

A man should not, out of pride and etiquette, swallow his phlegm.
Africa

A man who after his dying speech doesn't die, bears the same guilt.
Africa

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 cries all the time is not heard.
Africa

A man who dictates separates himself from others.
Africa

A man who does no hard work will never know the value of rest.
Africa

A man who doesn't know how to play sex disappears after the first time.
Africa

A man who hides a thorn in his foot earns a swelling.
Africa

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

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

A man who is not spoken of is not abused.

A man who is patient is rewarded.
Africa

A man who is putting on his armour for war should not boast like a man who's taking it off.
Africa

A man who knows the world will not only make the most of everything he does know, but of many things he does not know, and will gain more credit by his adroit mode of hiding his ignorance than the pedant by his awkward attempt to exhibit his erudition.
Colton

A man who lives on the banks of the Niger should not wash his hands with spittle.
Africa

A man who lives on the banks of the river should not wash his hands with spittle.
Africa

A man who marries an outcast is like rain wasted in the forest.
Africa

A man who never recognises is mistakes will never know peace.
Africa

A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.
Africa

A man who smiles when he's been robbed has stolen something from the thief.
Africa

A man who touches the bottom of a soup plate with a ball of foofoo is no longer searching for soup.
Africa

A man will never heed the voice of a woman until it is too late.
Africa

A man will show his true colours in adversity.
Africa

A man with a good will is not only rich but also wise.
Africa

A man with too much ambition cannot sleep in peace.
Africa

A man without reason is a beast in season.

A man/woman after your own heart.
English phrase.

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 man's home is his castle.
English phrase.

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

A mass enormous! which in modern days
No two of earth's degenerate sons could raise.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XX, L. 337

A Method to the Madness.

A milch cow.
widespread idiom
en] a universal provider, one from whom it is easy to obtain money, a dependable source of profits.

A Million and One.

A million times.
English phrase.

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 miss is as good as a mile.
English phrase.

A monkey left behind laughs at the others tail.

A morning bird.
English phrase.

A mother and daughter fought, and fool thought they meant it.

A mother won't give milk to her child until he cries.

A mountain doesn't reach out to mountain, a man is reaching out to a man.

A nation of shopkeepers.

A needle cannot hold two threads or a mind two thoughts.
Africa

A needle in a haystack.
English phrase.

A nest of vipers.

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

A new broom sweeps clean.

A new broom sweeps clean.
English phrase.

A new broom sweeps well, but the old broom knows all the corners.
Africa

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 new servant can catch a running deer.

A newly committed crime awakens sleeping ones.
Africa

A nice place is never yours.
Africa

A night with Venus and a life with mercury.

A noble house-keeper needs no doors.

A noble mind disdains not to repent.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XV, Line 227

A no-brainer.

A nod is as good as a wink.

A nod is as good as a wink.
English phrase.

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

A norange.

A Notch Above.

A notch above.
English phrase.

A number of.
English phrase.

A page turner.
English phrase.

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

A palm tree growing in the shade will not bear ripe fruit.

A palm wine taper does not stop tapping palm wine because he once fell from the top of a palm wine tree.
Africa

A paper tiger.
widespread idiom
en] a person or thing that seems strong, forceful or powerful, but that is feeble or ineffective.

A parasite cannot live alone.

A parasite cannot live alone.
Africa

A parent should not give up modelling their children because the ancestors too never give up on us.
Africa

A party animal.
English phrase.

A patient dually determined can fill a pot with water using a fingernail.
Africa

A paying guest.

A penny for your thoughts.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A penny saved is a penny earned.
English phrase.

A penny saved is a penny gained.

A penny saved is a penny gained.
English phrase.

A perfect storm.

A person cutting the path doesn't know that it is crooked.
Africa

A person is a person because of other people.
Africa

A person is known by the company he keeps.

A person is what he eats.
Africa

A person who has not secured a place on the floor should not begin to look for a mat.
Africa

A person who is always looking at the sky will never discover anything on the ground.
Africa

A person who is carrying an elephant on his head should not use his feet to tap snails on the ground.
Africa

A person who is not disciplined cannot be cautioned.
Africa

A person who is stung by a bee fears a big housefly.
Africa

A person who sells eggs doesn't start a fight in the market.
Africa

A person who wants to see is people progress must first set to look into their tradition.
Africa

A person's character is like pregnancy it cannot be hidden.
Africa

A person's cleverness is not shown by how many words he utters at once but how he utters them.
Africa

A pewter age, - mixed metal, silver- washed;
An age of scum, spooned off the richer past,
An age of patches for old gaberdines,
An age of mere transition, meaning nought
Except that what succeeds must shame it quite.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh

A pick-up.
English phrase.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

A picture is worth a thousand words.
Africa

A picture is worth a thousand words.
English phrase.

A picture paints a thousand words.

A picture paints a thousand words.
English phrase.

A piece of cake.

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 plain jane.
English phrase.

A Plum Job.

A poison tree bears poison fruit.

A poor person has no struggles.
Africa

A poor workman always blames his tools.

A potter eats from a broken piece of his pots.
Africa

A Pound of Flesh.

A pregnant woman cannot claim to be a virgin.
Africa

A pretty basket does not prevent worries.
Africa

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 proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride.
Africa

A pull of the hair for being unfair.
English phrase.

A puppy must not confront a large animal.
Africa

A Pyrrhic victory.
widespread idiom
en] a victory won at such a great cost that it is tantamount to a defeat; a victory not worth winning because one has suffered so much to achieve it.

A quartan ague kills old men and heals young.

A question of.
English phrase.

A quick drop and a sudden stop.
English phrase.

A race against the clock.
widespread idiom
en] the necessity to work very fast in order to finish in time; an attempt to do something very quickly because of the short time available in which it can be done.

A race against time.
widespread idiom
en] the necessity to work very fast in order to finish in time; an attempt to do something very quickly because of the short time available in which it can be done.

A raindrop does not spare the head of the notable.
Africa

A Rare Bird.

A rat never goes near a cat's celebration venue.
Africa

A rat stinks, but it has its own home.
Africa

A rat with many offspring always sleeps with his door open.
Africa

A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood.

A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood.
Africa

A real family eats the same cornmeal.
Africa

A real friend is one who takes the hand of his friend in times of distress and helplessness.

A real friend takes the hand of his friend in overwhelming worry and fire.

A real hotdogger.
English phrase.

A real knock out!
English phrase.

A red rag to a bull.

A reflection does not see itself.
Africa

A regular fighter who discords peace is bound to be fought by his own anger.
Africa

A restless grasshopper eventually ends up in a birds teeth.
Africa

A revolution is not a dinner party.

A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body, without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty.
Henry Home

A riddle wrapped up in an enigma.

A riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
English phrase.

A ripe melon falls by itself.
Africa

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

A rising tide lifts all boats.

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

A rising tide lifts all boats.
English phrase.

A risk taker.
English phrase.

A river doesn't flow through the forest without felling the trees.
Africa

A river doesn't run straight because there was nobody to advise it.
Africa

A river is made drop by drop.

A river is not contaminated by having a dog drink from it.

A river that forgets its source will soon dry out.
Africa

A roaring lion kills no game.
Africa

A rock in the middle of the sea is never afraid of the rain.
Africa

A Roland for an Oliver.
English phrase.

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

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.
English phrase.

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 ruined people are as miserable as a dog in the house of death.
Africa

A rule of thumb.
en] A personal principle.

A safe pair of hands.

A sandal is not a shoe; a cap is not a turban.

A satisfied man doesn't understand the feeling of a hungry man.
Africa

A scared dog barks to pretend to its master but a brave dog bits to protect him.
Africa

A Scaredy-Cat.

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

A scholar and a gentleman.
English phrase.

A sea change.

A Second Bite At The Cherry.

A second wife cannot celebrate the beating of the first wife because that same beating awaits her when the third wife arrives.
Africa

A secret remains a secret only when one person knows it.
Africa

A sense of belonging.
English phrase.

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 severely under paid hungry teacher in a renovated, well-equipped classroom, can perform just as well as a bird without feathers can do in a hanging, decorated cage.
Africa

A short drop and a sudden stop.
English phrase.

A short man is not a boy.
Africa

A short person touches where he can reach.
Africa

A short rope ties nothing.
Africa

A shot in the arm.

A sick puppy.

A sick way between two people can only be cared for if the two of them die.
Africa

A side glance!
English phrase.

A sideways approach.
English phrase.

A sight for sore eyes.

A silly daughter teaches her mother how to bear children.
Africa

A sin against a brother or sister is an offence against the gods.
Africa

A single bracelet does not jingle.

A single slip may cause lasting injury.
Africa

A Sitting Duck.

A skeleton in the closet.

A Slap in the Face.

A slap on the wrist.

A slave must be humble.
Africa

A sledgehammer to crack a nut.

A sleeping head needs more than its neck to support it.
Africa

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

A small axe is not sufficient to cut down a large tree.
Africa

A small house will hold a hundred friends.
Africa

A small shrub may grow into a tree.
Africa

A smiling boy seldom proves a good servant.

A smoke screen.
English phrase.

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

A snail that doesn't crawl with its shell should be ready to die.
Africa

A snake and millipede can both craw on their bellies but this doesn't make them brothers.
Africa

A snake can shade its skin but it still remains a snake.
Africa

A snake's ears only listen to a stick.
Africa

A snowball effect.

A snowball's chance in hell.

A soap opera/a soap.
widespread idiom
en] a television or radio serial in popular style, usually noted for being sentimental and melodramatic.

A sober man - a soft answer.

A soft answer bids a furioso to put up his sword.

A soft answer is a specific cure for anger.
Ger.

A soft answer turneth away wrath.

A soft answer turneth away wrath.
Bible.

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

A son will be what he was taught.
Africa

A sorry sight.

A spider's cobweb isn't only its sleeping spring but also its food trap.
Africa

A spiritual leader is able to see the past, present and the future.
Africa

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
Africa

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.
English phrase.

A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.

A staff is quickly found to beat a dog.

A state's anger should not take knowledge either of fools or women.
Ben Jonson.

A stealing dog strengthens its back.
Africa

A stern look is not a slap in the face.
Africa

A stich in time saves nine.
English phrase.

A stick at the neighbours cannot drive out a leopard at your home.
Africa

A stick for the nobody, a hint for the nobleman.

A stick in a bundle cannot be broken.

A stick in a bundle can't be broken.

A stick in a bundle is unbreakable.

A still tongue makes a wise head.

A stirring dwarf we do allowance give before a sleeping giant.
Shakespeare

A stitch in time saves nine.

A stitch in time saves nine.
English phrase.

A stolen object does not fill ones heart with joy.
Africa

A stone falls from someone's heart (cf. German: jmdm. fällt ein Stein vom Herzen).
widespread idiom
en] someone feels relief, is freed from a great concern.

A stone's throw.

A stone's throw.
en] Very near.

A stopped clock is right twice a day.

A stopped clock is right twice a day.
English phrase.

A storm in a teacup.

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

A stranger has big eyes but sees nothing.
Africa

A strawberry blossom will not sweeten dry bread.
Africa

A stream cannot rise about its source.
Africa

A strong man never stays long in the ground.
Africa

A strong person doesn't rush to wake up early morning.
Africa

A strong tree shall always grow from the roots and not the seeds.
Africa

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 sweet lovely voice cannot make a dumb person talk.
Africa

A talkative person is a traveller when he is tired, he keeps quiet.
Africa

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 thorn under a baobab tree pricks deeper.
Africa

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 tilted load won't reach its destination.

A time bomb is ticking.
widespread idiom
en] a hidden danger is about to manifest itself; a situation threatens to have severe consequences at some future time.

A tinker's damn.

A Tinkers Damn.
English phrase.

A toss up.

A Toss-Up.

A tree cannot stand on the ground without its roots.
Africa

A tree climber begins from the bottom not the top.
Africa

A tree does not move unless there is wind.

A tree doesn't move unless there is wind.

A tree is known by its fruit.
Africa

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

A tree that refuses to dance will be made to do so by the wind.
Africa

A trouble shared is a trouble halved.

A true friend is a special gift.
Africa

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

A turn up for the books.

A turtle never abandons its carriage.
Africa

A twig in a bundle cannot be broken.

A twig in a bundle can't 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 vicious circle/cycle.
widespread idiom
en] a difficult situation that cannot be improved because one problem causes another problem that causes the first problem again.

A village without the elderly is like a well without water.
Africa

A visitor doesn't survive from a stick beat of a burglar.
Africa

A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.

A wanton eye is the messenger of a lusting heart.

A warm fire is better than any delicious food.

A warm fire is better than delicious cooked rice.

A warrior is not a wrestler, he's killed the moment is spear and shield are over powered.
Africa

A watched kettle never boils.

A watched kettle never boils.
English phrase.

A watched pot never boils.

A watched pot never boils.
English phrase.

A weapon that you don't have in your hand will not kill a snake. Looking for something can get in the way of finding it.
Africa

A weapon which you don't have in your hand won't kill a snake.
Africa

A week from next Tuesday.
English phrase.

A week is a long time in politics.
English phrase.

A weird child at times brings sweet fruits at home.
Africa

A whisper has more meaning than a noisy talk.
Africa

A white tooth has a bloody root.
Africa

A whopper.
English phrase.

A whopper-dooper.
English phrase.

A wild goose never laid a tame egg.

A wild goose never laid a tame egg.
English phrase.

A wind can move the branches of trees but it will never move the head of a man.
Africa

A Wing and a Prayer.

A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.

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

A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
Africa

A wise man who knows proverbs, reconciles difficulties.
Africa

A wise person must know the language, sayings, and tales of his society.
Africa

A wise saying goes without say.
Africa

A wise will is dedicated to the ancestors for its them who gave you everything'.
Africa

A wolf in sheep's clothing.

A wolf's pup will grow into a wolf even though it be raised among men.

A woman is like a banana; one alone can turn the whole bunch rotten.
Africa

A woman is like a bee treat her well and she will make honey, treat her badly and she will go wild.
Africa

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

A woman is never old when it comes to the dance she knows.
Africa

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

A woman listens only to the advice of a fool.
Africa

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

A woman wearing trousers? What has she got hanging in there?.
Africa

A woman who delivers a baby in the market square has nothing to hide.
Africa

A woman who pursues a man for sex looses her spiritual beauty.
Africa

A woman who runs holding her breast has got nothing pursuing her.
Africa

A woman who wants a child doesn't sleep in her clothes.
Africa

A woman's place is in the home.

A woman's polite devotion is her greatest beauty.
Africa

A woman's stomach does not grow if she is not pregnant.
Africa

A woman's strength is a multitude of words.
Africa

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 word to the wise is enough.
Africa

A word written stays forever than hundred spoken work.
Africa

A worm cannot kill a fly.
Africa

A worm is in the bud of youth and at the root of age.
Cowper.

A wound given by a word is many times harder to cure than that which is given by the sword.
Africa

A wound inflicted by a friend does not heal.
Africa

A wound will heal. Talk won't.

A young man negligent, an old man necessitous.

A young man's fancy.

A.o.b.
English phrase.

A1 at Lloyds.

Aaby.
English phrase.

Aaron's beard.
English phrase.

Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here.

Abbot's Priory.
English phrase.

ABC.
English phrase.

Abide by Something.

Abide by.
English phrase.

Abide with me.

Abide with.
English phrase.

Able for.
English phrase.

Able seaman.
English phrase.

Able to get a word in edgewise.
English phrase.

Able to Take a Joke.

Abominable snowman.
English phrase.

Abound in.
English phrase.

Abound with.
English phrase.

About face.

About time.

About time.
English phrase.

About To.

About to.
English phrase.

About turn.

About turn.
English phrase.

About us.
English phrase.

Above and beyond the call of duty.
English phrase.

Above And Beyond.

Above and beyond.
English phrase.

Above Board.

Above board.
English phrase.

Above one's bend.
English phrase.

Above par.
English phrase.

Above the curve.
English phrase.

Above the fold.
English phrase.

Above The Law.

Above the law.
English phrase.

Above The Salt.

Above the salt.
English phrase.

Above Water.

Above water.
English phrase.

Abracadabra.

Absence cools moderate passions but inflames violent ones.

Absence diminishes moderate passions and augments great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and kindles the fire.
Rochefoucauld

Absence doth but hold off a friend to make one see him the more truly.
Pope

Absence is love's foe, far from the eyes, far from the heart.
Sp.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
English phrase.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
J. H. Bailey

Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
Cowper

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens.

Absence, like death, sets a seal on the image of those we have loved; we cannot realize the intervening ehanges which time may have effected.
Goldsmith

Absent in body, but present in spirit.
Bible

Absent minded.
English phrase.

Absent none without blame, present none without excuse.
Fr., Sp.

Absent or dead still let a friend be dear,
A sigh the absent claim, the dead a tear.
Pope

Absent without leave.

Absente reo.
English phrase.

Abso-bloody-lutely.

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

Absorb oneself in.
English phrase.

Absque hoc.
English phrase.

Absque impetitione vasti.
English phrase.

Abstinence is the best medicine.
Tamil

Abstinence is the mother of competence.
Stilson Hutchins

Abstract away.
English phrase.

Abstract idea.
English phrase.

Abstract nonsense.
English phrase.

Abstract verb.
English phrase.

Abundance begets indifference.

Abundance is trouble but competency brings delight.

Abundance like want ruins many.

Abundance maketh poor.

Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence. His name, like a shuttlecock, must be beat backward and forward, or it falls to the ground.
Johnson

Abuse of distress.
English phrase.

Abut on.
English phrase.

Academy award.
English phrase.

Accent versus Ascent versus Assent.
en] Confusing Words

Accept versus Except.
en] Confusing Words

Access versus Excess.
en] Confusing Words

Accident is a word not to be found in the divine vocabulary.

Accident is commonly the parent of disorder.
Gibbon.

Accident Of Birth.

Accident of birth.
English phrase.

Accident Waiting To Happen.

Accident waiting to happen.
English phrase.

Accidentally on purpose.

Accidently versus Accidentally.
en] Confusing Words

Accidents do not threaten like rain.
Haytian

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

Accidents will happen in the best regulated families.

Accidents will happen.

Acclimation versus Acclamation.
en] Confusing Words

According to Cocker.
English phrase.

According To Hoyle.

According to hoyle.
English phrase.

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.

According to.
English phrase.

Account for.
English phrase.

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