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Still waters run deep.

Stinking rich.

Stitch in Time Saves Nine.

Stitch up.

Stolen fruit is the sweetest.

Stone the crows.

Stone's throw.


Stool pigeon.

Stop your ears from hearing tale-bearers, and cease contention and strife.

Storing milk in a sieve, you complain of bad luck?

Storm in a Teacup.

Storm the Castle.

Stormy Relationship.

Story versus Storey.
en] Confusing Words

Straight Arrow.

Straight as a die.

Straight from the Horse's Mouth.

Straight to the Point.


Strain at a Gnat and Swallow a Camel.

Strain at the leash.

Strait and narrow.

Strait versus Straight.
en] Confusing Words


Stranger danger.

Stranger things have happened.

Stretch your legs according to your coverlet.

Strike A Chord.

Strike the iron whilst it is hot.

Strike while the iron is hot.

Striking and not making it felt is anger lost.

Strong reasons make strong actions.

Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come.

Strove versus Strived.
en] Confusing Words

Stuck in a rut.
en] Stuck in a situation in which you cannot make any progress.

Students are the only consumers who do not want what they pay for.

Stuff and nonsense.

Stumbling Block.

Stump up.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.


Subconscious versus Unconscious.
en] Confusing Words

Success (only) comes after every necessary precaution.

Success depends on your backbone, not your wishbone.

Success grows out of struggles to overcome difficulties.

Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.

Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan.

Success in life largely depends on how you handle your failures.

Success is a journey not a destination.

Success is a ladder which cannot be climbed with hands in your pocket.

Such a beginning such an end.

Such a father such a son.

Such a welcome such a farewel.

Such is life.

Such power hath Beer. The heart which grief hath canker'd
Hath one unfailing remedy - the tankard.
C. S. Calverley, Beer

Suck it up.

Sudden frightening occurrence knows no brave person.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Matthew 6:34

Sugar Daddy.

Suit versus Suite.
en] Confusing Words

Sulfur versus Sulphur.
en] Confusing Words

Summer shower of apple-blossoms running up from glade to glade.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Lost Bower

Summery versus Summary.
en] Confusing Words

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Sunshine always follows a dark night.

Supersede versus Supercede.
en] Confusing Words

Supper versus Dinner.
en] Confusing Words

Suppose versus Supposed.
en] Confusing Words

Supposedly versus Supposably.
en] Confusing Words

Sure as the Amen in the church.
widespread idiom
en] as certain as can be.


Surf and turf.

Surfing the Internet.

Surfing the Net.

Surfing the Web.

Survival of the fittest.

Suspension of disbelief.

Swallow Your Pride.

Swamped with Work.

Swan Song.

Sweep Under the Carpet.

Sweep Under the Rug.

Sweeped versus Swept.
en] Confusing Words

Sweet airs, more joy-giving
Than morning's, but as cool as midnight's breath.
Sir Edwin Arnold, The Light of Asia

Sweet almond-blossom, blooming ere the spring
Hath well begun, - ere yet bleak winds and cold
Have shivering fled, your flowers we behold!
S. Waddington, Sonnets, etc.: Almond-Blossom

Sweet and sour walk hand in hand.

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

Sweet discourse makes short days and nights.

Sweet Dreams!

Sweet fanny Adams.

Sweeten the Deal.

Sweeten the Pot.

Sweetness attracts more flies than sourness.

Swim Against the Tide.

Swim with Sharks.

Swim with the Fishes.

Swing by.

Swing for the Fences.

Swing for you.

Swing the lead.

Swipe right.

Switch asleep at the Wheel.

Sword of Damocles.

Syrup of figs.

Systemic versus Systematic.
en] Confusing Words

'T is ever common, that men are merriest when they are from home.

Tail Wagging the Dog.

Take (Someone) to the Cleaners.

Take a back seat.

Take a back seat.
en] Let someone else take charge.

Take a breather.
en] Take a short break.

Take a butchers.

Take a chance.
en] Risk something.

Take a crack at.
en] Attempt or try.

Take a Deep Dive (Into).

Take a Flyer.

Take a Gander.

Take a Hike.

Take A Powder.

Take a rain check.

Take a raincheck.

Take a shine to.

Take a spill.
en] Fall or trip or experience a sudden drop.
en] To suddenly trip or fall.

Take advice of a red-bearded man and begone.

Take an old dirty, hungry, mangy, sick and wet dog and feed him and wash him and nurse him back to health, and he will never turn on you and bite you. This is how man and dog differ.

Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.

Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.

Take down a peg or two.

Take Five (Ten).

Take heed of an Ox before, an Asse behind, and a Monk on all sides.

Take heed of enemies reconcil'd, and of meat twice boil'd.

Take heed you find not that you do not seek.

Take It Easy.

Take It on The Chin.

Take It or Leave It (command).

Take it with a grain of salt.

Take potluck.

Take Someone to Task.

Take something for granted.
en] Assume too confidently that you'll have something in the future or forever.

Take Something with a Pinch (grain) of Salt.

Take the bit between your teeth.

Take the Cake.

Take the cash and let the credit go.

Take the Edge Off (of Something).

Take the Fifth.

Take the gilt off the gingerbread.

Take the Gloves Off.

Take the heat.
en] Endure the consequences, blame, anger, or scrutiny.

Take the High Road.

Take The Mickey (Piss) (Out Of Someone).

Take the mickey out of someone.

Take the Mickey.

Take the plunge.
en] Begin an important/difficult task that you've been thinking about for a long time (note: to plunge is to dive into something).

Take the Shine Off (Something).

Take the Starch out of (Someone).

Take the upper hand.

Take The Wind Out of Someone's Sails.

Take this remark from Richard, poor and lame,

Take time by the forelock.

Take umbrage.

Take Up Arms.

Take up the Mantle.

Take what someone says with a pinch of salt.
en] Regard something as exaggerated, or only believe a part of something.

Take what you need and leave our land the way you found it.

Take with a grain of salt.

Take with a pinch of salt.

Take Your Life in Your Hands.

Take Your Medicine.

Take Your Time.

Taken aback.

Taken for a ride.

Takes one to know one.

Taking Flack.
en] To be receiving a lot of criticism.

Talk is cheap.

Talk much and erre much.

Talk of the devil and he's sure to appear.

Talk of the devil!

Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear.

Talk of the Devil.

Talk shop.
en] Talk about work-related things.

Talk softly and carry a big stick.

Talk the talk.

Talk through one's hat.

Talk to the hand.

Talk to versus Talk with.
en] Confusing Words

Talkin' 'bout fire doesn't boil the pot.

Talking is cheap until you hire a lawyer to do it for you.

Talking pays no toll.

Talking with one another is loving one another.

Tall story.

Tanstaafl - (there's no such thing as a free lunch).

Tar someone with the same brush.
en] Believe that someone has the same bad qualities as others in a group.

Taste of your own medicine.

Tattoo phrases and sayings.


Tea leaf.

Teach an Old Dog New Tricks.

Teach your father to get children.

Teaching a monkey to eat with a fork and knife will never make it a man.

Tear One's Hair out.


Tears cannot bring you joy but joy can bring you tears.

Tears never flow in the house of a coward.

Tears will not stop flowing for someone who is crying for himself.

Tease out.

Technicolor yawn.

Tee Many Martoonies.

Tee shirt versus T-Shirt.
en] Confusing Words

Teenagers act like babies if they are not treated like adults.

Teeth are all friends among each other.

Tell a tale to a mare, and she'll let a fart.
la] Asino fabulam.

Tell It to the Marines.

Tell me about it.

Tell me whom you love, and I'll tell you who you are.

Tell the truth and shame the Devil.

Tell your friend a lie, if he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth.

Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite, and temperance prevents him from indulging to excess.

Tempest in a teapot and storm in a teacup.

Tempest in a Teapot.

Tempus fugit.

Ten a Penny.

Ten to One.

Tenants versus Tenets.
en] Confusing Words

Test the Waters.

Test your mettle - see show your mettle.

Test your mettle.

Thank God It's Friday (TGIF).

That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.

That anger is not warrantable that has seen two suns.

That Friday feeling.

That good sense whieh nature affords us is preferable to most of the knowledge that we can acquire.

That little which is good fils the trencher.

That rapturous afternoon
When all the fields and flowers were like a dream,
And all the winds the offshoot of a tune.
Eric Mackay, A Lover's Litanies

That rings a bell.

That ship has sailed.

That sucks.

That was laid on with a trowel.

That what comes to stay has come it cannot return.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

That which does not kill you, makes you stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Twilight of the Idols (1888)

That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

That which doth blossom in the Spring will bring forth fruit in the Autumn.

That which got bent while growing when you straighten it, it breaks.

That which is about to die doesn't hear the drum beating.

That which is deadly may have a sweet scent.

That which is easily done is soon believed.

That which is evil is soon learn't.

That which is exceptionally good is a forerunner of something bad.

That which is obvious does not need to be explained.

That which we acquire with most difficulty we retain the longest.

That which we acquire with the most difficulty we retain the longest; as those who have earned a fortune are usually more eareful of it than those who have inherited one.

That which will not be spun, let it not come between the spindle and the distaff.

That you don't give birth too, you let him or her carry a stone on the head.

That you eat in the morning passes you through the day.

That's a Stretch.

That's all folks!

That's all folks!.

That's All She Wrote.

That's Music to My Ears.

That's not good language that all understand not.

That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.

That's the last straw.

That's the way it goes.

That's the way life is.

That's the way the ball bounces.

That's the way the cookie crumbles.

That's the way the mop flops.

That's written in the stars.
widespread idiom
en] 1. this is completely uncertain;
2. widespread idiom
en] that is predetermined by fate.

The - unkindest cut of all.

The "Ave" bell
Rings out the sun's departing knell,
Borne by the breeze's rhythmic swell
O'er swathe and furrow.
Earl of Crewe, Millet and Zola

The $64,000 question.

The abilities of a man must fall short on one side or other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed: if you pull it upon your shoulders, you leave your feet bare; if you thrust it down upon your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.
Sir W. Temple

The absent are always in the wrong.
Fr., Dutch

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.

The absent one will not be the heir.

The absent Party is still faulty.

The abundance of money ruines youth.

The accomplice is as bad as the thief.

The acid test.

The activity of the young is like that of rail cars in motion, - they tear along with noise and turmoil, and leave peace behind them. The quietest nooks, invaded by them, lose their quietude as they pass, and recover it only on their departure. Time's best gift to us is serenity.

The actor is in the capacity of a steward to every living muse, and of an executor to every departed one: the poet digs up the ore; he sifts it from the dross, refines and purifies it for the mint; the actor sets the stamp upon it, and makes it current in the world.

The advice of many persons is requisite in great affairs.

The afflicted person is sacred.

The age of miracles is past.

The aged in council, the young in action.

The air of a window is as the stroke of a crossbow.

The ale of dear old London, and the port of Southern climes.
Eugene Field, Second Book of Verse: The Red, Red West

The always-hurrying person eats goat, but the one who takes his time eats beef.

The American Dream.

The ancestors may annoy you but don't make a mistake of annoying them back, they may annoy you forever.

The angel of this life,
Whose care is lest men see too much at once.
Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book

The angels of affliction spread their toils alike for the virtuous and the wicked, for the mighty and the mean.
Dr. Johnson

The anger of a good man is the hardest to bear.

The animal hide can best be straightened and smoothened when still fresh.

The animal that escapes the hunter's spear is only allowed to go.

The ant shall never crawl on its knees.

The ant that destroys a kola nut lives inside it.

The antics of a market buffoon provide laughter, but nobody prays that his child becomes the market buffoon.

The ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind.

The apathy, ere a crime resolved is done,
Is scarce less dreadiul than remoise for crime.
J. R. Lowell, A Legend of Brittany

The Ape so long clippeth her young that at last she killeth them.

The apple does not fall far from the stem.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

The apple does not fall far from the trunk.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

The apple never falls far from the tree.

The apple of my eye.

The apples on the other side of the wall are the sweetest.

The arrow that missed the head of its target will never hit the tail.

The art of being able to make a good use of moderate abilities wins esteem, and often confers more reputation than real merit.

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

The ass went seeking for horns and lost his ears.

The Asse that brayes most ears least.

The asses' bridge.
la] Pons Asinorum.

The attacks of a wild beast cannot be averted with only bare hands.

The author of your own misfortune.

The ax forgets but the cut log does not.

The axe forgets. The tree remembers.

The axe forgets; the tree remembers.

The back of beyond.

The bad penny always comes back.

The bad penny always turns up.

The balance of power.

The balance of trade.

The ball is in your (his/her) court.
en] When the ball is in your court it is your turn to act.

The ball is in your court.
en] You now have control of the situation.

The ballance distinguishes not between gold and lead.

The bane of my life.

The be all and end all.
en] Something so good that it will end the search for something better.

The beard were all, the goat might preach.

The beauty of a woman becomes useless if there is no one to admire it.

The bee that carries honey in its mouth carries a sting in its tail.

The bee's knees.

The begger is never out of his way.

The begger may sing before the thief.

The belle of the ball.

The belly has no ears.

The best dancer comes from the sitting lounge.

The best defence is a good offence.

The best defence is attack.

The best is the enemy of the good.

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

The best laid schemes of mice and men.

The best mirror of all is an old friend.

The best mirrour is an old friend.

The best morsels are never given to a beggar.

The best of both worlds.

The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit.

The best of the sport is to do the deed & say nothing

The best of things, beyond their measure, cloy.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XIII, Line 793

The best preparation for tomorrow is to make sure today's work is superbly done.

The best remedy against an ill man is much ground between both.

The best remedy of affliction is submitting to Providence.

The best thing since sliced bread.

The best things come in small packages.

The best things in life are free.

The best way to catch a bird is not by scaring it away.

The best way to eat the elephant standing in your path is to cut it up into little pieces.

The best weapon is the one that's to hand.

The best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley.

The better part of valour is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life.
Falstaff in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1.

The Big Apple.

The big cheese.

The big Easy.

The Big Picture.

The Big Pond.

The big round tear stands trembling in her eye.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book IV, Line 936

The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

The bigger, the better.

The bird is up in the sky but its eyes are on the ground.

The bird, which flaps its wings too much, will drop its feathers.

The Birds and the Bees.

The bitter end.

The bitter heart eats its owner.

The black cow doesn't give black milk.

The Black Death.
widespread idiom
en] the plague, pestilence.

The black market.
widespread idiom
en] source of illegal goods or currencies; illegal buying and selling of products that have been rationed by the government or are unobtainable for other reasons.

The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.

The blight ness of the moon can only be experienced in total darkness.

The blind leading the blind.

The blind man would like to show the way to others.

The blind mans wife needs no painting.

The blunders of youth are preferable to the triumphs of manhood or the success of old age.

The body is the socket of the soul.

The bottom line is the bottom line.

The bottom line.
en] The final result.

The boy is father to the man.

The brain that sowes not corn plants thistles.

The brave man is not he who doesn't feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

The bravery of a lion doesn't protect it from the spear of a hunter.

The bread always falls buttered side down.

The bread of life.

The broad white brow ot the Isle - that bay with the colour'd sand -
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Wreck

The bubbling flames are not fire.

The Buck Stops Here.

The buffalo does not wander from the marsh where it was born.

The buffalo's shit is dry on top when inside its wet.

The bull in the bowler hat.

The buried do not give birth.

The Busiest Men Find the Most Time.

The Business End of Something.

The butcher looked for his knife while he had it in his mouth.

The butcher should not be trusted that has missing neighbors.

The butt end of the stick.

The buttocks are like a married couple though there is constant friction between them; they will still love and live together.

The cake is a lie.

The calf is not afraid of the mother's horns.

The call of the wild.

The calm (comes) before the storm.

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.
widespread idiom
en] a peaceful and quiet period before a period of trouble or activity.

The camel and his driver -- each has his own plan.

The camera cannot lie.

The canary that dances along the bush path must have its drummer in the nearby bush.

The Cards are Stacked Against You.

The cat and the mouse can't be neighbors for long.

The cat is hungry when a crust contents her.

The Cat is in the Cradle.

The Cat Is Out of the Bag.

The cat may look like a lion, but that does not make it a lion.

The cat would eat fish but would not wet her feet.

The cat's pajamas.

The ceiling won't stay when the room is no longer there.

The chamber of sickness is the chappel of devotion.

The cheap thing isn't without problem, the expensive without help.

The cheapest way to improve your looks is to wear a smile.

The cheapest way to win a person is by a smile.

The Cheese Stands Alone.

The Cherry On the Cake.

The chicken is never declared in the court of hawks.

The chicken is the Countreys, but the city eats it.

The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry.

The chicken that sits along the road to eat shall never enjoy a good meal.

The chickens come home to roost.

The child hates the one who gives him all he wants.

The child is father to the man.

The child is the father of the man.

The child saith nothing but what he heard at the fire.

The cholerick drinks, the melancholick eats, the Flegmatick sleeps.

The Clock is Ticking.

The Coast Is Clear.

The coast was clear.

The cobbler always wears the worst shoes.

The cobbler's children are the worst shod.

The cock belongs to one household, but when it crows it is heard in the whole village.

The Cock crowes, but the hen goes.

The cock that loses its pace time of cockadoodle should be dressed otherwise it will misguide you.

The cockroach cannot be innocent in a court where the hen is judge.

The cocks that cockadoodle were once eggs.

The coffin seller wants a long life for himself and a short life for others.

The cold war.
widespread idiom
en] the political, ideological, and economic struggle between the Soviet-bloc countries and the Western world from the end of World War II until 1990, especially the relationship between the USA and USSR from the 1960s to the end of the 1980s.

The collywobbles.

The comforters head never akes.

The common European house.
widespread idiom
en] (the idea of) Europe as a continent where different nations live together in peace.

The corpse of a bird does not decompose in flight, but on the ground.

The country rooster dows not crow in the town.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

The cow engenders the man.

The cow knows not the worth of its tail till it loses it.

The cow with no tail can only depend on goats to rid himself of flies.

The cowl does not make the monk.

The crack of doom.

The crapper.

The cricket cries, the year changes.

The cultivator is alone, but those who eat are many.

The cunning wife makes her husband her apron.

The cure for materialism is to have enough for everybody and to share. When people are sure of having what they need they cease to think about it.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The customer is always right.

The cut of your jib.

The daily grind.
en] The monotonous tasks of everyday work.

The danger past and God forgotten.

The danger that threatens the hunting dog, threatens the hunter too.

The dark side.

The darkest hour is always just before the dawn.

The darkest hour is before dawn.

The darkest hour is just before the dawn.

The darkest hour.

The day does not return.

The day shall come, the great avenging day,
Which Troy's proud glories in the dust shall lay,
When Priam's powers and Priam's self shall fall,
And one prodigious ruin swallow all.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book IV, Line 196

The day the monkey is destined to die, all the trees get slippery.

The dead are among us.

The dead are not seen in the company of the living.

The dead man doesn't know the value of his coffin.

The deaf laugh twice.

The death of a man doesn't make his wives men.

The Deck Is (The Cards Are).

The defensive virtue abstinence.

The Devil has all the best tunes.

The devil Incarnate.

The devil is cunning.

The devil is in the details.

The Devil is not always at one door.

The devil is/lies in the detail.
widespread idiom
en] small things in plans and schemes that are often overlooked can cause serious problems later on.

The devil looks after his own.

The devil makes work for idle hands to do.

The devil makes work for idle hands.

The devil take the hindmost.

The devil to pay.

The devil we know is better than the devil we don't know.

The devil we know is better than the devil we don't.

The devil we/you know is better than the devil we don't (know).

The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know.

The devil you know is better than the devil you don't.

The die has been cast.

The Die is Cast.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger and it is glory to overlook a transgression.

The distant Trojans never injur'd me.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book I, Line 200

The dog never forgets its owner.

The dog never minds not to laugh.

The Dog who hunts foulest hits at most faults.

The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on.

The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on.

The door swings both ways.

The door that is not opened to him who begs our alms will be opened to the physician.

The dose makes the poison.

The downfall of a man is not the end of his life.

The downfall of man begins with pride.

The drum is the favourite instrument of the spirits.

The early bird catches the worm.

The early bird catches the worm. But the second mouse gets the cheese.

The early bird gets the worm.

The earth is a beehive, we all enter by the same door.

The earth is a beehive; we all enter by the same door but live in different cells.

The egg shows the hen where to hatch.

The eggshell cannot be a mother of its resultant offspring.

The eighth wonder of the world.
widespread idiom
en] something wonderful or exciting, especially an innovation (e.g. a great architectural construction), or a place, work, etc. that deserves to be ranked among the greatest achievements of mankind.

The elephant dies, but his tusks remain.

The elephant in the room.

The elephant never gets tired of carrying its tusks.

The Elixir of Perpetual Youth,
Called alcohol, in the Arab speech!
H. W. Longfellow. The Golden Legend, I. (Lucifer)

The emperor's new clothes.

The empty chair.

The End All Be All.

The end justifies the means.

The end of an ox is beef, and the end of a lie is grief.

The ends justify the means.

The ends of the earth.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

The english are a nation of shopkeepers.

The evil everyone does lives after him or her.

The evil wound is cured, but not the evil name.

The exception proves the rule.

The exception that proves the rule.

The exception to the rule/the exception that proves the rule.
widespread idiom
en] an exception, that confirms the rule; although it does not support the statement one has made, the statement itself is true.

The exception which proves the rule.

The eye cannot bear loads yet it can tell heavy objects from light ones.

The eye envies, not the ear.

The eye is a coward.

The eye is not harmed by sleep.

The eye looking at the sun will not need an adviser before it blinks.

The eye of a snake is big but no one can put is finger on it.

The eyes are the window to the soul.

The eyes that beheld the chief don't fear for a court official.

The eyes that have seen the ocean cannot be satisfied by a mere lagoon.

The face that launched a thousand ships.

The faint pink blossoms on the apple-trees
Blew in such rich profusion as to hide
What gnarled and twisted branches smothered them,
And every little wanton pull of wind
Fluttered a thousand petals to the ground.
Heather Bigg, Nell: a Tale of the Thames

The fall of a dead leaf is a warning to the green ones.

The family that prays together stays together.

The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The fat is in the fire.

The fat of the land.

The fat's all in the fire.

The faulty stands on his guard.

The female of the species is more deadly than/then the male.

The female of the species is more deadly then the male.

The fewer the better fare.

The fiercest agonies have shortest reign:
W. C. Bryant, Mutation

The fifth column.
widespread idiom
en] those people (in an occupied country) who collaborate with the invaders.

The fifth estate.

The fifth freedom, the Freedom of Individual Enterprise, is the keystone of the arch on which the other Four Freedoms rest. This is what freedom means.
Nicholas Murray Butler (1862 - 1947)

The filling joys
Of apple-pie and cheese!
Eugene Field, A Little Booh of Western Verse: Apple-Pie and

The fine print.
en] The information typed in a smaller font, usually on a contract.

The finest edge is made with the blunt whetstone.

The firefly only shines when on the wing; so is it with the mind; when once we rest, we darken.

The first day you meet, you are friends; the next day you meet, you are brothers.

The first day you see a friend; the next day, a brother.

The first dish pleaseth all.

The first half of our life teaches us that we make mistakes, and the remaining half is given us to rectify them.

The first in banquets, but the last in fight.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book IV, Line 401

The first man who noticed the analogy between a group of seven fishes and a group of seven days made a notable advance in the history of thought.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

The first may become the last.

The first point of hawking is hold fast.

The first step to health is to know that we are sick.

The fish follow the bait.

The fish rots from the head.

The fish starts to rot from the head.

The fish that dirties the water will forever swim in dirty water.

The five evidences of education are as follows: 1. Correctness and precision of speech. 2. Refined and gentle manners. 3. The power and habit of reflection. 4. The power of growth. 5. The possession of efficiency - the power to do.
Nicholas Murray Butler (1862 - 1947)

The Fix is in.

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook unless the deed go with it.

The floozie in the jacuzzi.

The flower has no front or back.

The fly had life even before the dog had its wounds.

The fly in the ointment.

The fog of war.

The fool has his answer on the tip of his tongue.

The fool is thirsty in the midst of water.

The fool speaks, the wise man listens.

The fool sucks wisdom, as he porter sups, And cobblers grow fine speakers in their cups.

The foolish alchemist sought to make gold of iron and made iron of gold.

The foot of our stairs.

The foot on the cradle and hand on the distaff is the sign of a good housewife.

The foree of his own merit makes his way, a gift that Heaven gives for him.

The foremost dog catcheth the hare.

The forest not only hides man's enemies but its full of man's medicine, healing power and food.

The forty-four-hour week has no charm for me. I'm looking for a forty-hour day.
Nicholas Murray Butler (1862 - 1947)

The foule Toade hath a faire stone in his head.

The fox may grow grey but never good.

The fox must be chased away first after that the hen might be warned against wandering into the bush.

The friends of our friends are our friends.

The friends of our friends are our friends.

The frog likes water but not when it's boiling.

The frowning face of a goat doesn't prevent it being taken to market.

The fruit of silence is tranquility.

The fruit of timidity is neither gain nor loss.

The fruits of a tree on the roadside are never eaten ripe.

The fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you get.

The fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you take.

The fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you're going to get.

The fuel in the lamp consumes itself but lights others.

The full Monty.

The further we go the further behind.

The Game is Afoot.

The game is up.

The gates of hell are open night and day;
Smooth the descent, and easy is the way.
Virgil, the Aeneid Book VI line 126.

The gentle hawk mans her self.

The ghosts gossip among each other.

The glass is half empty.
widespread idiom
en] the situation is seen pessimistically or hopeless due to a person's individual pessimistic perception.

The glass is half full.
widespread idiom
en] the situation is seen optimistically or hopefully due to a person's individual optimistic perception.

The glorious gifts of the gods may not be cast aside.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book III, Line 65

The glorious twelfth.

The Gloves Are Off.

The goat eats where it's tethered.

The God Squad.

The good die young.

The good mother saith not, will you, but gives.

The gourd that never leaves the boozing centre attains cracks.

The gourd's neck cannot be straightened in it's old age, it can only be broken.

The government in business may waste time and money without rendering service. In the end the public pays in taxes. The corporation cannot waste or it will fall. It cannot make unfair rulings or give high-handed, expensive service, for there are not enough people willing to accept inferior service to make a volume of business that will pay dividends.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The gown's hers that wears it, and the world's his who enjoys it.

The grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence).

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

The grass is always greener on the other side.

The grass is always greener.

The grass may be greener on the other side, but it is just as difficult to cut.

The grave only calls those death loves.

The great - unwashed.

The great achievements of the past were the adventures of the past. Only the adventurous can understand the greatness of the past.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

The great tree chooses where to grow and we find it there, so it is with the greatness in men.

The great trouble today is that there are too many people looking for someone else to do something for them. The solution of most of our troubles is to be found in everyone doing something for himself.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The Great Unwashed.

The greatest burdens are not the gainfullest.

The greatest crime in a desert is to find water and keep silent about it.

The greatest events often arise from accidents.

The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

The greatest strokes make not the best musick.

The greatest truth is the simplest one.

The greatest wealth, is contentment with a little.

The greatness of man's male organ don't call it an hydro cell.

The grey mare is the better horse.

The grindstones can neither be used as a stool nor a headrest.

The groat is ill saved that shames the master.

The ground burns/becomes too hot under someone's feet.
widespread idiom
en] 1. it will become too dangerous for someone (at his/her residence), someone wishes to escape, especially from justice.
2. to be in great haste, to be eager, impatient to get away.

The grounsel speaks not save what it heard of the hinges.

The growing millet does not fear the sun.

The guilty is stire to be found out.

The hair of the dog that bit you.

The hair of the dog.

The hairy eyeball.

The hand assists the foot, but the foot cannot do the same.

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

The hand that tied the lion knows best how to untie it.

The happy man rises with the sun.

The hard gives no more then he that hath nothing.

The hazels are all felled, but on the ground,
That 'neath the straight trunks of the airy trees
Lies in the spotted sunlight, are upsprung
Countless anemones, white, red, and blue,
In the bright glade.
Robert Bridges, Achilles in Scyros (Chorus)

The head and feet keep warm, the rest will take no harm.

The heart doesn't wear rags.

The heart of man and the bottom of the sea are unfathomable.

The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water.

The heart wants what it wants.

The heebie-jeebies.

The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age we live in.

The hen doesn't have breasts, but she can still feed her chicks.

The hen knows that dawn has arrived but it leaves the duty of crowing to the cock.

The high aim unfulfilled fulfils itself.
Sir Lewis Morris, The Epic of Hades, bk. II., Hades; Endymion

The highest meaning of success is what God would estimate it.

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The high-way is never about.

The hollow of the ear is never full.

The homeowner doesn't eat a little.

The horns cannot be too heavy for the cow that bears them.

The horse never refuses a homeward gallop.

The horse thinks one thing, and he that rides him another.

The hottest music and dance always comes from home.

The house always wins.

The house of the heart is never full.

The house rat who goes swimming with his friend the lizard will die from cold.

The house roof fights the rain, but the person who is sheltered ignores it.

The hunter in pursuit of an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds.

The hunter who is tracking an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds.

The husband is always the last to know.

The hyena chasing two gazelles at the same will go to bed hungry.

The hyena sleeps with the sheep.

The icing on the cake.
en] An additional thing that makes something good become great.

The Indian's heart is hard and cold, -
It closes darkly o'er its care,
And formed in Nature's sternest mould,
Is slow to feel, and strong to bear.
J. G. Whittier, The Bridal of Pennacook

The insect that eats the leaf is under the leaf.

The Iron Curtain.
widespread idiom
en] the political or ideological barrier between nations, especially the former border between Western Europe and the communist countries of Eastern Europe, 1946?1989.

The iron will of a gentleman beareth rule over both his body and mind, and bringeth all things under subjection unto him.

The irony of fate.
widespread idiom
en] if something is surprisingly differently than planned, when the opposite of what one had hoped occurs.

The Jews spend at Easter, the Moors at marriages, and the Christians in suits of Law.

The jig is up and the game is up.

The Jig Is Up.

The joy of meeting pays the pangs of absence; else who could bear it?

The jug goes to the well until it breaks.

The Jury is Still Out.

The keen spirit seizes the prompt occasion; makes the thought start into instant action, and at once plans and performs, resolves and executes!
Hannah More

The key that opens is also the key that locks.

The key that unlocks is also the key that locks. Honor a child, and he will honor you.

The kite in the skies doesn't feed on clouds.

The knife of the family does not cut.

The knife that has been lent, never comes back alone.

The kola nut stays longer in the mouths of those who value it.

The labourer is worthy of his hire.

The lame goeth as far as the staggerer.

The land is never devoid of counselors.

The land of marriage has this peculiarity: That strangers are desirous of inhabiting it, while its natural inhabitants would gladly be exiled.

The land of nod.

The last drop that makes the cup run over.
widespread idiom
en] the last bit that leads to a negative development.

The last partridge will take the most arrows.

The last straw.

The last straw.
en] The final thing that causes something to collapse or somebody to lose his or her temper/get angry.

The last suitour wins the maid.

The laughter of a child is the light of a house.

The law is a ass.

The law is a jealous mistress.

The law is an ass.

The law is not the same at morning and night.

The leader, mingling with the vulgar host,
Is in the common mass of matter lost.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book IV, Line 397

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.

The length of the rope determines the movement of the goat.

The leopard does not change his spots.

The leopard does not sleep on a dry branch.

The leopard that covers its black spots with hamaton dust solution will truly be exposed when the rain season comes.

The life of a groundnut lies between two shells.

The life of man is a winters day and a winters way.

The life of Riley.

The light of a thousand stars doesn't equal the light of the moon.

The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.

The lion may be king of the jungle but he knows, he shouldn't stand in the way of the elephant.

The Lion's Share.

The lions skin is never cheap.

The liquorish cat gets many a rap.

The little alms are the good alms.

The little cannot be great unless he devour many.

The living daylights.

The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did.

The long historian of my country's woes.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book III, Line 142

The long/strong arm of the law.
widespread idiom
en] the far-reaching and inescapable power of the law/justice.

The longest journey starts with a single step.

The longest mile is the last mile home.

The longest pole knocks the persimmon.

The Lord helps those that help themselves.

The Lord helps those who help themselves.

The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

The lot of man; to suffer and to die.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book II, Line 117

The love that dare not speak its name.

The madman, who throws a stone into a crowded market, forgets that his own mother could be hit by his madness.

The man and his woman is like the grave and its dead.

The man dying to hang himself can always find a noose.

The man that heweth over high,
Some chip falleth in his eye.

The man who acts the least, upbraids the most.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book II, Line 311

The man who cheats himself is one that does not believe in himself.

The man who counts the bits of food he swallows is never satisfied.

The man who does not work should not eat.

The man who is master of the flesh, is a world conqueror and some day he will rule over an empire more vast than any that earth ever knew.

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The man, who eats alone, dies alone.

The many ways to pronounce ough.

The map is not the territory.

The March Sun causeth dust, and the wind blows it about.

The market is the best garden.

The married man must turn his staff into a stake.

The mill cannot grind with the water that is past.

The mills of the gods grind slowly.

The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing.

The mind of a fool is like a broken pot it will hold no wisdom.

The miserly man is like a fattened ox: he will give of his fat only when he has been deprived of his life.

The miser's cheese is wholesomest.

The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more.
Georges Bernanos (1888 - 1948)

The Moment Everyone Has Been Waiting For.

The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall.He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

The monkey and gorilla may claim kinship, but the monkey is a monkey and the gorilla is a gorilla.

The monkey is a good boxer, but his hands are short.

The monstrous regiment of women.

The moon lightens well but leaves certain areas in the dark.

The moon moves slowly, but it crosses the town.

The more a man denies himself, the more he shall obtain from God.

The more acquaintances the more danger.

The more intimate the friendship the deadlier the enmity.

The more mistakes you make the fewer mistakes there left to make.

The more noble, the more humble.

The more the merrier.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The more thou stir it the worse it will be.

The more thy years, the nearer thy grave.

The more you study, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. The less you know the more you study.

The morn, look you, furthers a man on his road, and furthers him too in his work.
HESIOD (Circa 720 b. c.?), Works and Days, Line 379

The morning Sun never lasts a day.

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.

The most horrible sight on earth cannot put out the eye.

The mouse says: I dig a hole without a hoe; the snake says: climb a tree without arms.

The mouth does not eat if the feet do not walk and the hands work.

The mouth does not forget what it tasted only one time.

The mouth does not know limitations of its master.

The mouth is stupid after eating it forgets who gave it the food.

The mouth of an elderly man is without teeth, but never without words of wisdom.

The mouth that eats should not talk, for it risks swallowing a fly.

The mouth that speaks a lot is liable to hunt a friend.

The mouth which eats does not talk.

The moving finger writes.

The mud of one country is the medicine of another.

The mutt's nuts.

The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.

The nail that sticks out is the one that gets hammered down.

The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.

The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.

The navel of the world (German: der Nabel der Welt, cf. English: the center of the world, the hub of the universe).
widespread idiom
en] the center around which everything revolves, the essential or only decisive element (often of a person who imagines being the most important, the center of everything).

The new moon cannot come until the other has gone.

The next way home's the farthest way about.

The night may be dark, but the apples have been counted.

The nightingale and the cuckow sing both in one moneth.

The nitty-gritty.

The noise produced by frogs in the well can't stop an elephant from drinking.

The Nonsense Nine folk Etymology.

The notion that tipping is optional and the amount discretionary is as quaint as the soul who might try it. Short of being angered to the point of fisticuffs or other forms of mayhem, if you last in a restaurant long enough to get the check, the basic rules are simple: Fifteen percent of the bill for the waiter; another 5% of the bill for the captain, in the places where he makes the salad and generally works at the job; one dollar per bottle for the wine steward; and/or a buck for the barteneder if he had made several drinks. ( And don't think) you can walk out without tipping if you have been dissatisfied . . . Gold is the most useless thing in the world. I am not interested in money but in the things of which money is merely a symbol.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The nth degree.

The Nurses tongue is priviledged to talk.

The nut does not fall far from the tree.

The object of living is work, experience, happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us some one else's work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The odds are good, but the goods are odd.

The offender never pardons.

The Off-spring of them that are very old or very young lasteth not.

The okra plant doesn't grow taller than its planter.

The old effect more by counsel than the young by action.

The old for want of ability and the young for want of knowledge let things be lost.

The old forget, the young don't know.

The old have death before their face, the young behind their backs.

The old have every day something new.

The old lady feels uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.

The old man at home and the young abroad lie after the same fashion.

The old man who dances furnishes the devil fine sport.

The old man who is loved is winter with flowers.

The old man's counsel is half deed.

The old mans staff is the rapper at Deaths door.

The old man's staff is the rapper at death's door.

The old ones sing, the young ones pipe.

The old pumpkin in the courtyard shall not be uprooted.

The old see better behind than the young before.

The oldest man that ever lived died at last.

The one burnt by hot milk drinks even cold buttermilk with precaution.

The one chased away with a stick comes back and the one chassed away with reason doesn't come back.

The one thet fust gits mad's 'most ollers wrong.
J. R. Lowell, The Biglow Papers

The one who asks commits no sin.

The one who hasn't strength to pound yams pretends to drive away flies from the yams.

The one who is not wrestling says throw him down and we go.

The one who knows the way to the cemetery carries the tail end of the coffin.

The one who shows off himself in every place will one day search for Where to hide.

The one who sleeps in his room knows where it is leaking.

The one who went to the in-laws got trapped in a thorn tree.

The one who wrestles with a big man will soon wear himself out.

The one whose foot you heal kicks you with it.

The one you minimise could be eating meat everyday.

The one-eyed person is a beauty in the country of the blind.

The onion of the beloved is a sheep.

The only free cheese is in the mouse trap.

The Only Game in Town.

The only stupid question is the one that is not asked.

The only things in which we can be said to have any property are our actions. Our thoughts may be bad, yet produce no poison; they may be good, yet produce no fruit. Our riches may be taken away by misfortune, our reputation by malice, our spirits by calamity, our health by disease, our friends by death. But our actions must follow us beyond the grave; with respect to them alone we cannot say that we shall carry nothing with us when we die, neither that we shall go naked out of the world.

The only true method of action in this world is to be in it, but not of it.
Madame Swetchine

The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings.

The opinion of the intelligent is better than the certainty of the ignorant.

The opium of the masses.
widespread idiom
en] an ideology which ensures that the population does not recognize the truth but stays calm.

The order of the boot.

The other side of the coin.
widespread idiom
en] a completely different and perhaps contradictory aspect or attitude of a subject or situation; one of two differing views, showing the disadvantages of something that is actually advantageous.

The pain of anger punishes the fault.

The palm-wine we drink, some people can drink it and remain wise; others lose all their senses.

The partridge loves peas, but not those that go into the pot with it.

The path is made by walking.

The path leads towards loved ones not thorns.

The pen is mightier than sword.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

The penny drops.

The people's parent, he protected all.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book IV, Line 921

The person who guards himself will not be destroyed.

The person who is coming from the bowels of the earth doesn't despise even the smallest amount of sunshine.

The person who is cornered will fight.

The person you know during daytime should also be recognisable during night time.

The person you put on your back is one who bites you.

The persons we eat with are the ones to kills us.

The perswasion of the fortunate swayes the doubtfull.

The physician of anger is reason.
M. Greek.

The pitcher goes so often to the well that it is broken at last.

The pitcher which goes too often to the well gets broken.

The pits.
en] A miserable or unpleasant situation.

The plant God favors will grow even without rain.

The pleasures of earth are empty and vain,
And with it comes much misery and pain.

The pleasures of the mighty are the tears of the poor.

The Plot Thickens.

The point is plain as a pike staff.

The pot calling the kettle black.

The pot of water falls from your head when you have just reached the door of your homestead.

The potter drinks water from a broken jug.

The power of a leopard resides in its claws.

The Powers That Be.

The predator lands on an unknown tree.

The presence of those whom we love is as a double life; absence, in its anxious longing and sense of vacancy, is as a foretaste of death.
Mrs Jameson

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

The problem with the palace attendant isn't how to steal the king's drums but where to play them from.

The proof is in the pudding.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

The quarrel of the sheep doesn't concern the goats.

The queen ant feeds on its own ants.

The question "Who ought to be boss?" is like asking "Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?" Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

The quick and the dead.

The rabbit that dances on the broken branch of a high tree must look down to see how many mouths are opened wide beneath.

The radiant and well-understood speech of one person is better than the speech of a thousand people that is not.

The radiate sun reflections and lightening cannot make a blind person see.

The rainbow might be better lookin' if 'twasn't such a cheap show.

The raised hand cares not for its own recognition, but for that of the body below.

The rath sower ne're borrows o'th'late.

The rats leave the sinking ship.
widespread idiom
en] said of persons who retire from something, e.g. a company, organization, because they know that it is threatened by a disaster.

The Real McCoy.

The rebellious shall be pierced with many sorrows.

The rest were vulgar deaths, unknown to fame.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XI, Line 394

The restless grasshopper only finds rest in the gizzard of a bird.

The rich have no heart, the lake never floats a pin.

The right answer to a fool is silence.

The river does not move straight because it is alone.

The river won't get dirty just by the dog's bark.

The road less travelled.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The road to success is always under construction.

The rolling stone never gathers moss.
John Heywood, Proverbs (1546), Part 1, Ch. 11.

The rope that hangs a monkey, hangs a baboon as well.

The rose is a friend of the thorn.

The rotten apple injures its neighbors.

The roughness of a cotton tree is not known until you get close to it.

The rub.

The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people.

The russet acorn,
Fruit beloved of maid and boy.Ralph Waldo Emerson, Holidays

The rusty sword and empty purse plead performance of covenants.

The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

The salt of the earth.

The same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay.

The same teeth that a dog uses to play it uses to bite too.

The sayings of the wise are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep.

The science of pure mathematics . . . may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

The screwing you get isn't worth the screwing you get.

The screwing you get isn't worth the screwing you take.

The screwing you get isn't worth the screwing you're going to get.

The secondhandedness of the learned world is the secret of its mediocrity.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

The secret of success is to be ready and to grasp the opportunities when they come.

The secret of success is to start from scratch.

The seeker is the finder.

The seven-year itch.

The sex is ever to a soldier kind.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book XIV, Line 246

The shit end of the stick.

The Shoe is on the Other Foot.

The shoemaker always wears the worst shoes.

The shoemaker's children go barefoot.

The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot.

The short and the long of it.

The short end of the stick.

The shortest answer is doing the thing.

The shortest distance between two people is a smile.

The shot heard 'round the world.

The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart.

The silent majority.
widespread idiom
en] a group that makes up a majority of people, regarded as holding moderate opinions but rarely expressing them.

The singing-man keeps his shop in his throat.

The sinning is the best part of repentance.

The skilfullest wanting money is scorn'd.

The skin fits closer than the shirt.

The sky is the limit.

The sky is wide enough for two birds to fly without their wings touching.

The sky's the limit.

The slender acacia would not shake
One long milk-bloom on the tree.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The smaller the lizard the greater the hope of becoming a crocodile.

The smallest room in the house.

The Smith and his penny are both black.

The smoke caused by meat which is roasted does not cause pain in the eyes of a hungry person.

The smoke of a mans own house is better then the fire of anothers.

The snail leaves its trail wherever it goes.

The son shoots a leopard; the father is proud.

The song sang by men when going to hunt is not the same song they sing when they come back.

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