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Tomatos versus Tomatoes.
en] Confusing Words

Tommy Atkins.

Tomorrow is another day.

Tomorrow never comes.

Tomorrow we sit by the wall and here it all.

Ton versus Tonne.
en] Confusing Words


Tongue in cheek.

Tongue Tied.


en] Unable to say anything.

Too big for your boots.

Too big for your breeches.

Too Busy Fighting Alligators to Drain the Swamp.

Too Hard versus To Hard.
en] Confusing Words

Too many arguments destroyed marriage negotiations

Too many butchers spoil the cow.

Too many calls confuse the dog.

Too Many Chiefs and Not Enough Indians.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Too many cooks, cooking at the same time makes the day take long to break.

Too many of us, when we accomplish what we set out to do, exclaim, "See what I have done!" instead of saying, "See where I have been led."
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Too Many To Shake A Stick At.

Too much bed makes a dull head.

Too much breaks the bag.

Too much happiness brings tears in our eyes.

Too much of a good thing.

Too Much of Good Thing.

Too much of one thing, good for nothing.

Too much scratching pains, too much talking plagues

Too Much to Bear versus Too Much to Bare.
en] Confusing Words

Too Much versus To Much.
en] Confusing Words

Toodle Loo.


Toot Your Own Horn.

Tooth and nail.

Top banana.

Top dog.

Top drawer.

Top notch.


Tortoises only make progress when they stick there necks out.

Toss a Wrench (Spanner) Into.


en] When it is hard to choose between two choices.

Total shambles.

Totaled versus Totalled.
en] Confusing Words

Touch and go.

Touch Base versus Touch Bases.
en] Confusing Words

Touch Base.

Touch One's Heart.

Touch Water.

Touch wood.


Tough as Nails.

Tough Cookie.

Tough row to hoe.

Tough Sledding.

Tough times don't last, tough people do.

Tough versus Tuff.
en] Confusing Words

Tour de force.

Tout de suite.

Toward versus Towards.
en] Confusing Words

Tower of strength.


Trade is the mother of money.

Tradition is a whole people's reason sifted from one century and transferred to the next.
Ricarda Huch (1864 - 1947)

Train a child the way he should go and make sure you also go the same way.

Train surfing.

Train Wreck.

Trainer versus Trainor.
en] Confusing Words

Translucent versus Transparent.
en] Confusing Words

Trash Talk.

Travel and you will see them, sit and they will come to you.

Travel makes one a stranger.

Travelling versus Traveling.
en] Confusing Words

Trawling versus Trolling.
en] Confusing Words

Tread on a worm and it will turn.

Tread Water.

Treat 'em mean to keep 'em keen.

Treat them mean, keep them keen.

Treat your guest as a guest for two days -- then on the third day give him a hoe.

Trial Balloon.

Trick or treat vs trick-or-treat.

Trick or treat.

Trip the Light Fantastic.

Trooper or trouper.

Trouble and strife.

Trouble shared is trouble halved.

Troubles are like babies: the more they are nursed, the better they grow.

Truck with.

True blue.

True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd,
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book XV, Line 83

True love means what's mine is yours.

True or false, I know, for my part,
I'm content to hold as sufficient,
"I think, I exist," with Descartes.
C. W. Stubbs, The Conscience: Mind-Stuff

True praise takes root and spreads.

Truely versus Truly.
en] Confusing Words

Trust every man, but cut the cards.

Trust everybody, but always cut the cards.

Trust everybody, but always cut the deck.

Trust everybody, but cut the cards.

Trust everybody, but cut the deck.

Trust versus Mistrust.
en] Confusing Words

Trust your friends, but cut the cards.

Truth and morning become light with time.

Truth and oyl are ever above.

Truth cannot be hidden forever beneath evil.

Truth hath a good face, but bad clothes.

Truth is like fire it cannot be hidden under dry leaves.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Truth is the first victim of war.

Truth will out.

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.

Try out your shoes on your feet - gauge people against their misfortune.

Try to do things a little better than others, and thus strengthen and protect your work and brains, and others will uphold you and make a beaten path to your home.

Tuckered Out.

Tune in, turn on, drop out.

Turkeys voting for Christmas.

Turn a blind eye.

Turn Back the Hands Of Time.

Turn of phrase.

Turn on a Dime.

Turn over a new leaf.

Turn Someone Inside Out.

Turn Something on Its Head.

Turn the Corner.

Turn the Tables.

Turn Turtle.

Turn up for the books.

Turn up trumps.

Turnabout is fair play.

Twelve good men and true.

Twenty four seven.

Twenty three skidoo.

Twenty-Four Seven.

Twist somebody's arm.
en] Make a great effort to convince somebody to do something for you.

Twist someone's arm.

Twist the Knife (in Deeper).

Two a Penny.

Two and eight.

Two are better than one, and three than two.

Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off.

Two blacks don't make a white.

Two can play that game.

Two cats can never be equal; one will always be bigger than the other.

Two cents worth.

Two dogs fight for a bone, but a third runs away with it.

Two Down, One to Go.

Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspir'd.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XVI, Line 267

Two heads are better than one.

Two is a company; three is a crowd.

Two is company, but three's a crowd.

Two is good, one alone cannot wash his back.

Two Lovebirds.

Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.

Two Peas in A Pod.

Two rams cannot drink from the same bucket at the same time; they will lock horns.

Two sides to every question - There are.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
What he can help, and what he cannot help.

Two things prolong your life: A quiet heart and a loving wife.

Two to one in all things against the angry man.

Two urns by Jove's high throne have ever stood,
The source of evil one, and one of good.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XXIV, Line 662

Two watermelons can't be grabbed in one hand.

Two watermelons can't be held in one hand.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Two wrongs make a right.

Two's company and three is none.

Two's company, three's a crowd.

Two's company, three's trumpery.

Tying Up Loose Ends.

U Turn.

Ugly Duckling.

Unable to see the forest for the trees.
en] Unable to see the whole situation clearly because you're looking too closely at small details.

Unbless'd thy hand, if, in this low disguise,
Wander, perhaps, some inmate of the skies.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book XVII, Line 376

Uncle Dick.

Uncle Tom.

Under (Below) the Radar.

Under false pretenses.

Under his bowl there is a little bowl.

Under Someone's Spell.

Under the auspices of.

Under the gun.
en] To be under pressure to do something or complete a task.
en] Under pressure to perform or meet a deadline.

Under the Impression.

Under the sun.
en] In existence.

Under the Table.

Under the thumb.

Under the weather.
en] To not feel well. To be sick.

Under water, famine; under snow, bread.

Under Wraps.

Under your breath.
en] Softly spoken.

Under your hat - Keep it.

Under Your Nose.

Underpromise and overdeliver.

Underway versus Under way.
en] Confusing Words

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Unfortunates learn from their own mistakes, and the lucky ones learn from other's mistakes.

Union is strength.

Union Jack.

Union makes strength.

United we are a rock, divided we are sand.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Unity is strength.

Unity makes strength.

University of Life.

Unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown. -
Byron, Childe Harold, Canto IV [1818], St. 179

Unknown quantity.

Unknown unkist.

Unless God does it, what can a doctor do?

Unless the broken tooth is thrown out the mouth will continue to chew with caution.

Unlucky in love.

Unmeet anger is
To mingle with our short-lived spell of bliss.
William Morris, The Earthly Paradise: February: Bellerophon in Lycia

Unminded unmon'd.

Unprepare to prepare, be prepared to be unprepared.

Unselfish and noble acts are the most radiant epochs in the biographv of souls. When wrought in earliest youth, they lie in the memory of age like the coral islands, green and sunny, amidst the melancholy waste of ocean.
Rev. Dr Thomas

Until a crab finds itself in a very hot pot of soup, it will never understand that water can be both cold and hot.

Until Lions have their own historians tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.

Until the Cows Come Home.

Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.

Until the old moon disappears completely, the new moon can not come.

Until the rotten tooth is pulled out cautiously, the mouth will not have rest.

Until the snake is dead do not drop the stick.

Until versus Till.
en] Confusing Words

Until you are blue in the face.
en] For a hopelessly long time.

Until You're Blue in the Face.

Unwept, unhonour'd, uninterr'd he lies!
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XXII, Line 484

Up a blind alley.

Up a Creek.

Up a gum tree.

Up for Grabs.

Up for grabs.
en] Available for anyone.

Up in arms.

Up in arms.
en] Very angry.

Up in the air.
en] Undecided.

Up shit creek without a paddle.

Up the Ante.

Up the apples and pears.

Up the creek without a paddle.

Up the Duff.

Up the pole.

Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire.

Up to Date versus Up-to-Date.
en] Confusing Words

Up to One's Neck.

Up to Par.

Up to Scratch.

Up to Snuff.

Up to something.
en] Scheming or devising.

Up to speed.
en] Having all the current information.

en] New and becoming successful.

Upmost versus Utmost.
en] Confusing Words

Upper crust.

Upper hand.

Ups a daisy.

Ups and downs.
en] Good times and bad times.


Upset the Apple Cart.

Upset the apple-cart.

Upside down.

Urban myth.

Urge him with truth to frame his fair replies;
And sure he will: for Wisdom never lies.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book II, Line 25

Us versus them.

Use it or lose it.

Use it up, wear it out, make do with, or do without.

Use One's Head.

Use people who have something to gain, not people with nothing to lose.

Use the means, and God will give the blessing.

Use your loaf.

Used recklessly then s/he must have inherited the misused property.

Used to versus Use to.
en] Confusing Words

Used to.

Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Vain versus Vein.
en] Confusing Words

Vale of Tears.

Valentine's Day Poems and Sayings.

Valentines Day versus Valentine's Day.
en] Confusing Words

Valour can do little without discretion.

Valour that parlies, is near yielding.

Van Gogh's ear for music.

Van surfing.

Vanish into thin air.

Variety is the spice of life.

Vatican roulette.

Vaulting ambition overleaps itself.

Veg out.

Venomous versus Poisonous.
en] Confusing Words

Verbage versus Verbiage.
en] Confusing Words

Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.

Vice versa.

Vicious Circle.

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.

Victory Lap.

Villages that posses culture will never perish even though they may be small.

Vinegar that is free, is sweeter than honey.

Virgin Territory.

Virtue is its own reward.


Vision quest should be continuous.

Visit rarely, and you will be more loved.

Visit the ladies' room.

Voicemail versus Voice mail.
en] Confusing Words

Vorsprung Durch Technik.

Vote with One's Feet.

Wack versus Whack.
en] Confusing Words

Wag the Dog.

Wagon makes the loudest noise when it's goin' out empty.

Wait a Cotton Picking Minute.

Waiting in the Wings.

Waive versus Waver.
en] Confusing Words


Wake Up and Smell the Coffee.

Wake up and smell the coffee.
en] Face reality.

Wake Up Call.

Wake up on the wrong side of the bed.
en] Wake up in a bad mood.

Walk free.

Walk it Off.

Walk on Eggshells.

Walk softly and carry a big stick.

Walk softly, carry a big stick.

Walk the Plank.

Walk the walk and talk the talk.

Walk the walk.

Walking on air.
en] Very excited or happy.

Wallop and pack a wallop.

Walls have ears.

Walls have mice and mice have ears.

Walls have mice, mice [have] ears.

Walls have tongues, and hedges ears.

Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs.

Wandering Eye.

Wanton kittens make sober cats.

War is a bad chisel with which to curve out tomorrow.

War is deaths feast.

War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.

War, hunting and Law, are as full of trouble as pleasure.

Wardrobe malfunction.

Ware versus Wear.
en] Confusing Words

Wars are created by people to old to fight for those to young to die.

Warts and all.

Was versus Were.
en] Confusing Words

Wash one's hands of.

Wash Your Hands of (Something).

Washed up.

Waste not, want not.

Waste versus Waist.
en] Confusing Words

Watch like a hawk.
en] Observe very closely.

Watch the birdie.

Watching brief.

Water down.
en] Make weaker.

Water from another man's calabash tests differently.

Water is colourless and tasteless but you can live on it longer than eating food.

Water Off a Duck's Back.

Water that has been begged for does not quench the thirst.

Water under the bridge.

Watering Hole.

Wave a red rag to a bull.

Wax lyrical.

Wax poetic.

Waxing Poetic.

We ain't what we want to be; we ain't what we gonna be; but thank God, we ain't what we was.

We all know that anger cannot look at anger without laughing.

We are a grandmother.

We are casting our words in a Jeaky cask.
i] Throwing away our advice.

We are not amused.

We become like our thoughts, - therefore change all wrong thoughts for good and true ones; health, wealth, and happiness is sure to follow.

We expiate in old age the follies of our youth.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

We Few, We Happy Few.

We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising.
Zelda Fitzgerald (1900 - 1948)

We have always found that, if our principles were right, the area over which they were applied did not matter. Size is only a matter of the multiplication table.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

We have never seen the earth show her teeth.

We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.
Max Planck (1858 - 1947)

We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

We have seen better days.

We know where you live.

We make our own destiny, what we sow we reap.

We may give advice but we cannot give conduct.

We must be the change we wish to see. - Wir müssen die Änderung sein, die wir in der Welt sehen wollen!
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

We must not look for a golden life in an iron age.

We need those who say yes and no: loudly, clearly, three times and without any conjunctions.
Wolfgang Borchert (1921 - 1947)

We receive nothing with such reluctance as advice.

We rest our legs, but never our mouths.

We see eye to eye.

We shall not give the hyena twice.

We should consult three things in all our actions, justice, honesty and utility.

We should never be too proud to take advice even from the lowly.

We sin against our God-given, inherent capacity for accomplishing great things, when we think wrong thoughts.

We start as fools and become wise through experience.

We that live to please must please to live.

We versus Us.
en] Confusing Words

We were silenced by our patience, he entered with his donkey.

We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Weak things united become strong.

Wealth belongs to the person who enjoys it and not to the one who keeps it.

Wealth's like rheum, it falls on the weakest parts.

Wear the trousers and wear the pants.

Wear the trousers.

Wear your heart on your sleeve.

Wear your heart on your sleeve.
en] To freely express emotions or feelings.

Wearing a mended dress is better than being naked.

Weary versus Wary.
en] Confusing Words

Weasel words.

Weather a storm.
en] Survive a dangerous event or effectively deal with a difficult situation.

Weather the storm.

Webpage versus Website.
en] Confusing Words

Website versus Web Site.
en] Confusing Words

Weekend Warrior.


Weight and measure take away strife.

Welcome death, quoth the Rat, when the trap fell down.

Well begun is half done.

Well begun is half ended.

We'll Cross That Bridge When We Come to It.

We'll Cross That Bridge.

'Well done' is better than 'well said'.

Well heeled.

Well hung.

We'll keep our aims sublime, our eyes erect,
Although our woman-hands should shake and fail.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh

Well may he smell of fire whose gown burneth.

Well off.
en] Wealthy.

Well read.

Well to work and make a fire,

Wellbeing versus Well-being.
en] Confusing Words

Well-timed silence is the most commanding __expression.

Welsh (Welch) on a Deal.


Wet behind the ears.

Wet behind the ears.
en] Inexperienced.

Wet Blanket.

Wet Your Whistle.

What a man does in spite of obstacles and conditions, shows the measure of his ability to accomplish his purpose.

What a man knows should find its expression in what he does. The value of superior knowledge is chiefly in that it leads to a performing manhood.

What a Piece of Work is Man.

What are these! Shells flung far and wide
By Winter's now fast-ebbing tide,
In language called, for him who sees
But grossly, wood-anemones.
Alfred Austen, At the Cate of the Convent, etc.: A Defence of English Spring

What are you going to say or do when all is up? Keep a-going.

What are you like?

What avails the Dagger with the Dudgeon heft?

What can't be cured must be endured.

What children hear at home doth soon fly abroad.

What comes from the lips reaches the ears, what comes from the heart reaches the heart.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

What Do You Make of (Him)?

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

What football is all about.

What God has joined together let no man put asunder.

What God Has Put Together Let No Man Put Asunder.

What goes around comes around.

What goes up must come down.

What grows quickly, dies quickly.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

What happens on the road stays on the road.

What happens on tour stays on tour.

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

What is a workman without his tools.

What is another's always pines for its master.
Sp., Por.

What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh.

What is in a heart of a sober man is on the tongue of a drunkard.

What is in the stomach carries what is in the head.

What is in the yams that a knife doesn't know.

What is learned in youth is carved in stone.

What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

What is not in a man cannot come out of him surely.

What is past is gone, what is hoped for is absent, for you is the hour in which you are.

What is put in a basket before going to the market won't be the same thing returned in the basket.

What is said over the dead lion's body could not be said to him alive.

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for a gander.

What is sweet in a fools mouth will surely finish is money.

What is the matter with Kansas?

What is the use of worrying, fretting, and being despondant; it only exists in the mind. Change the current of thought to some happy event, or of the beauties of nature and art, and days of rich experiences. The gloom will vanish, sunshine will take the place of worry and despondency, and joy für sadness.

What is tightly rapped is known by only the rapper.

What kills a calf comes from the udder.

What lowers itself is ready to fall.

What makes a fool excited now a wise person had heard before and isn't excited.

What makes a sheep blit loudly the goat had already seen before.

What makes up an anthill is the effort and order of determined and organised termites.

What mare's nest hast thou found?

What my heart desired didn't happen; what God wanted was really done.

What never kills a herdsman never takes away his cattle.

What our husband says is what we also say.

What part of no don't you understand?

What reveals a man is his behavior in time of hunger.

What starts with a condition ends with out any oppression.

What the elders see while sitting the young ones standing on their toes won't see.

What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.

What the eye has seen, the heart never forgets.

What the gods keep for the poor, no man can destroy.

What the heart thinketh the tongue speaketh.

What the old man does is always right.
Hans Andersen.

What to the dead avail
The chance success, the blundering praise of fame?
Oh! rather trust, somewhere the noble aim
Is crowned, though here it fail.
Henry Lushington, To the Memory of Pietro d'Alessandro

What use to cover a mend in the Mona Lisa with a crayon.

What vigor absence adds to love!

What we call evil is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

What we do with pity another would call it strength.

What we get takes away our troubles.

What will kill a dog first blocks its nose.

What wins on Sunday sells on Monday.

What you cook with dislike is what your bound to eat.

What you do with injustice often backfires.

What you eat now comes out later.

What you gain on the swings you lose on the roundabouts.

What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn.

What you learn is what you die with.

What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.

What you may call small another will call it big.

What you see in yourself is what you see in the world.

What you see is what you get - wysiwyg.

What you see is what you get.

What you sow is what you reap.

What you sow, shall you reap.

What you spend, you have.

What you would not have done to yourselves, never do unto others.

What your glass tells you will not be told by counsel.

What youth learns age does not forget.

What! keep a week away? Seven days and nights? eightscore eight hours? and lovers' absent hours, more tedious than the dial eightscore times? O weary reckoning!

Whatever accomplishment you boast of in the world, there is someone better than you.

Whatever advice you give, be short.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Whatever nourished the goat until it grew a beard will continue to sustain him.

Whatever you have, you must either use or lose.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Whatever you sow, you reap.

What's a trumpeter's job? To blow.

What's done cannot be undone.

What's done is done.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

What's Not to Like?

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

What's up Doc?

What's up, Doc?

Whatsoever is disagreeable forget it; cast it out, it has nothing to do with you.

When a bee stings a man, he doesn't set off to destroy all beehives.

When a blind man is happy he gives money to his child to buy kerosene for his lamp.

When a blind man tells you he is going to throw a stone, know that his foot is on the stone.

When a cat wants to eat its own kitten it accuses them of smelling like rats.

When a chick ignores its mother's warning, the eagle grasps it for a meal.

When a child is asleep a mother's attention is on the child's stomach.

When a cock invites a cockroach for a birthday party, he has prepared dinner for himself.

When a cow is crying, a dog is making a party.

When a coward sees a man he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight.

When a cricket is quiet, it is digging.

When a dog cannot bite, it has a bone in its mouth.

When a Dog is drowning every one offers him water.

When a dog is drowning, every one offers him drink.

When a door opens not to your knock, consider your reputation.

When a fool is cursed, he thinks he is being praised.

When a four-year child is still crawling instead of walking it is time to cry out.

When a friend asketh there is no tomorrow.

When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful.

When a lion cannot find the flesh to feed on, it has no choice but to eat the grass.

When a lion roars, he does not catch game.

When a lion runs and looks back, its not that he is afraid, rather he is trying to see the distance he has covered.

When a man cheats on you once, shame on him, when he cheats on you twice, shame on you.

When a man curses his own child it is a terrible thing.

When a man grows angry his reason rides out.

When a man raises his voice at home, know that he started lowering if elsewhere.

When a man says he does not mind, then he really does.

When a man says yes, his personal god says yes also.

When a man thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.

When a monkey doesn't get a banana, he eats chillies.

When a mother has twins she must sleep on her back.

When a naked person promises you cloth beware.

When a needle falls into a deep well, many people will look into the well, but few will be ready to go down after it.

When a new saying gets to the land of empty men they lose their heads over it.

When a rat mocks a cat then you know there is a hole nearby.

When a rat swims with a frog, it dies of cold.

When a single grass falls from a grass-thatched house it doesn't leak.

When a slippery ground lies ahead do not laugh at those who have fallen.

When a stiff-necked bull stands with its four legs planted firmly and refuses to move, you cannot make it go ahead only by pulling it by the reins and using your whip.

When a stone is identified it cannot destroy a hoe.

When a thing is done advice comes too late.

When a thing is done advice comes too late.

When a tortoise embarks on a journey he doesn't ask for directions, because he does not want his enemies to know where he's going.

When advice will not correct the rod will not.
M. Greek

When All Else Fails.

When all is consum'd, repentance comes too late.

When all is gone and nothing left,

When all is said and done, what do you know just enough to know that you don't know anything.

When all is said and done.
en] In the end.

When all the water has gone, only the largest stones will remain on the riverbed.

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

When an abomination has become of age it becomes a tradition.

When an ant says 'ocean', he's talking about a puddle.

When an elephant becomes as small as a monkey, it ceases to be an elephant.

When an elephant eats and eats and still cries for more, it is the grass that will get embarrassed.

When an old man cannot drink prepare his grave.

When an old man dances he raises a great dust.

When an old man dies, a library burns down.

When an old man plays tenpins the balls make a great clatter.

When an old man will not drink, go to see him in another world.

When anger rushes unrestrained to action, like a hot mettled steed, it stumbles on its way.

When angry, count ten; when very angry, a hundred.

When bad luck chooses you as a companion, even a ripe banana can remove your teeth.

When cats are hairdressers, rats will always go around with uncombed hair.

When certain persons ubuse us, let us ask ourselves what description of characters it is that they admire; we shall often find this a very consolatory question.

When children stand quiet they have done some harm.

When deeds speak, words are nothing.

When elephant steps on a trap, no more trap.

When elephants fight, it is the grass who suffers.

When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers.

When error is committed good advice comes too late.

When Fortune smiles on thee take the advantage.

When from the dry dark wold the summer airs blow cool
On the oat-grass and the sword-grass, and the bulrush in the pool.
Alfred, Lord Tennvson, The May Queen: New Year's Eve

When God gives, He doesn't ask whose son a person is.

When Hell Freezes Over.

When In Doubt, Leave It Out.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

When in Rome, do as the Romans.

When in Rome, do like the Romans do.

When in Rome.

When is man strong until he feels alone?
Robert Browning, Colombo's Birthday, act. III (Valence)

When it comes to the crunch.

When it pleaseth not God, the Saint can do little.

When it rains, it pours.

When it rains, it pours.
en] Many big things or bad things happen all at once.

When it seems as if all were against you and you feel you cannot hold on any longer, don't give up then, for this is the time and place the tide will turn.

When it thunders, the thief becomes honest.

When kings lose direction they become servants.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

When many strike on an anvil they must strike by measure.

When many trees fall on top of one another, a wise man removes the one on top first.

When men grow old they become more foolish and more wise.

When now Aurora, daughter of the dawn,
With rosy lustre purpled o'er the lawn.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book III, Line 516

When old age is evil youth can learn no good.

When old men are not upright they teach their sons and grandsons to be rogues.

When one door closes, another door opens.

When one door closes, another one opens.

When one door closes, another opens.

When one door shuts, another door opens.

When one door shuts, another one opens.

When one door shuts, another opens.

When one finger is swollen it affects the others.

When one hand is injured the other nurses it, when both hands are injured they nurse each other.

When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow.

When one is in trouble, one remembers God.

When one man's curse falls on a person another one breaks it.

When one tries to shake a big tree, he ends up shaking himself.

When pigs fly and pigs might fly.

When pigs fly.

When pigs fly.
en] Never (pigs will never fly, so this means something will never happen).

When problems come they carry along with them all their relatives.

When problems visit a man it arrives with its own bed and table.

When push comes to shove.
en] If/when the situation becomes difficult.

When riches increase the body decreaseth. For most men grow old before they grow rich.

When riding on top of an elephant do not assume there is no dew in the thicket.

When sorrow is a sleep wake it not.

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

When the bait is more than the fish, 'tis time to stop fishing.

When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee's house some day.

When the bells are in water they can't make any sound.

When the big drum is sounded the small drums keep silence.

When the big tree falls, the goat eats its leaves.

When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

When the bush is on fire the chameleon learns to run first.

When the buttocks foul the air it's the head that gets knocked.

When the cat is away, the mice will play.

When the cat's away the mice will play.

When the cat's away.

When the Chips Are Down.

When the cock craws the heart of a debtor skips a bit.

When the cock is drunk, he forgets about the hawk.

When the cockroach decides to make the cock its friend it must be ready to end up in the cock's stomach.

When the drummers change their beats the dancers must also change their Steps.

When the eye sees you then your bound to go for duty.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

When the head aketh all the body is the worse.
la] Dum caput infestat labor omnia membra molestat.

When the head is big it cannot avoid punches.

When the head of a snake is cut off, the rest of his body is an ordinary rope.

When the heart acts, the body is its slave.

When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth.

When the hen gets fat, she stops lying.

When the hunter returns and is holding mushrooms, don't ask him about how his hunt went.

When the mare hath a bald face, the filly will have a blaze.

When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.

When the mother monkey leaves her baby to fall, one must not blame the dried branch.

When the mouse laughs at the cat there's a hole nearby.

When the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak.

When the rabbit has escaped comes advice.

When the rain falls, it falls on both the freeborn and the slaves.

When the river dries up, we will all see where the crocodile sleeps.

When the shadow of a tree is bent, straighten the tree, not the shadow.

When the shit hits the fan.

When the snake is in the house, one need not discuss the matter at length.

When the threads unite, they can tie the lion.

When the tiger kills, the jackal profits.

When the wine is free even the judge drinks it.

When there is a big tree, small ones climb on its back to reach the sun.

When there is a misunderstanding between the left leg and right leg the entire body falls down.

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

When they tell you you are drunk hold by the wall and go on.
i] Take advice.
M. Greek

When things go well it is easy to advise.

When thy neighbours house doth burn, be carefull of thine own.
la] Tuares agitur paries cum proximus ardet.

When two ageing good friends fight, it's because of an old grouch.

When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.

When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.

When vultures surround you, try not to die.

When water goes over your head, what difference if it's one fathom or a hundred fathoms.

When water stays for long it stinks.

When we have gold we are in fear, when we have none we are in danger.

When weeds invade the land, it means the owner is absent.

When what you want doesn't happen, learn to want what does.

When you are a hammer strike your fill.

When you are an Anvil hold you still;

When you are climbing a hard hill, feel sorry for the man who is asleep in the valley.

When you are dead, your sister's tears will dry as time goes on, your widow's tears will cease in another's arms, but your mother will mourn you until she dies.

When you are rich, you are hated; when you are poor, you are despised.

When you ask, you become a fool for a little while and when you don't ask you become a fool for the rest of your life.

When you chase a fellow man reserve the strength to switch you back when he recharges and turns.

When you cry for rain, you cry for mud too.

When you enjoy loving your neighbor, it ceases to be a virtue.

When you fight fire with fire, somebody is going to get hurt.

When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

When you give a friend a goat, you have to let go of the leash.

When you have learned to nourish your body frugally, do not pique yourself upon it, nor, if you drink water, be saying upon every occasion, "I drink water." But first consider how much more frugal are the poor than we, and how much more patient of hardship.

When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras.

When you know who his friend is, you know who he is.

When you live next to the cemetery, you cannot weep for everyone.

When you lose on the drum-beating if the gods, you lose on the rhythm and pace of life.

When you mess with the bull, you get the horns.

When you plant a yam it produces another yam.

When you ride a young colt see your saddle be well girt.

When you see a palm tree, the palm tree has seen you.

When you see a rat running in a fire then what it's running away from is hotter than fire.

When you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.

When you wake up in the morning you see the other person's butt.

When your friend gives your wife an expensive present, it's time to get suspicious.

When your house is on fire you don't choose who to help you put out the fire.

When your leg is sinking your whole body should fill it.

When your neighbour is wrong you point a finger, but when you are wrong you hide.

When your opponents are you're friends there must be problems ahead.

When you're a stranger in a land, if good comes to it may you have you share and if bad comes let it go to the owners of the land who know what gods should be appeased.

When You're Right, You're Right.

When you're undressed then you're ready for anything.

When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's hard to remember that your initial objective was to drain the swamp.

Whenever lightening strikes, everyone runs to cover his or her own head.

Whenever something stands, another thing stands besides it.

Where (When) the Rubber.

Where comes a great man he doesn't come alone.

Where God boils his yam that is exactly where the devil roasts his fish.

Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.

Where it is weakest there the thread breaketh.

Where love fails we espy all faults.

Where many are gathered, there is much to be said.

Where McGregor sits, there is the head of the table.

Where men are well used, they'll frequent there.

Where none were sad, and few were dull,
And each one said his best,
And beauty was most beautiful,
With vanity at rest.
Lord Houghton, Mary and Agnes Berry

Where old age is evil, youth can learn no good.

Where rain has ever been trapped before when it rains again it will get trapped once again.

Where shall the ox go but he must labour.

Where the cattle are, there the wolf shall die.

Where the cattle stand together, the lion lies down hungry.

Where the heart sleeps is where you're bound to go at dawn.

Where the heart would go, there follows the foot.

Where the old are foolish the child learns folly.

Where the rain falls there is no hunger.

Where the rooster crows there is a village.

Where the short-legged Esquimaux
Waddle in the ice and snow,
And the playful polar bear
Nips the hunter unaware.
Bret Harte, An Arctic Vision

Where the will is ready, the feet are light.

Where the young know, is where they believe it's raining.

Where there are no fools, there would be no wise men.

Where there is a crippled don't imitate is disability.

Where there is a frog, the snake is not far away.

Where there is a hippopotamus, be careful when passing with a pirogue.

Where there is a will there is a way.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Where there is a will.

Where there is great love, there are always miracles.
Willa Sibert Cather (1873 - 1947)

Where there is life there is hope.

Where there is no shame, there is no honor.

Where there is no wealth there is no poverty.

Where there's a will there's a way.

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Where there's muck there's brass.

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Where they do agree on the stage their unanimity is wonderful.

Where they do agree on the stage, their unanimity is wonderful.

Where versus Were versus Wear.
en] Confusing Words

Where vice goes before, vengeance follows after.

Where water is the boss, there must the land obey.

Where you killed from is not where you eat from.

Where you won't feast from, you sense it sooner than later.

Where your mother is born, you can't call anyone a child.

Where you've ever left without a quarrel is where you're about to return.

Wheresoever you see your kindred make much of your friends.

Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.

Wherever something stands, another thing stands beside it.

Wherever you go, there you are.

Whet your appetite.

Whet your appetite.
en] Make you want more.

Whether the egg crashes on the coconut or the coconut crashes on the egg, it is the egg that suffers.

Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers.

Whether the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it goes ill with the pitcher.

Whether versus Weather.
en] Confusing Words

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Whether you do boil snow or pound it, you can have but water of it.

Which is which?

Which versus That.
en] Confusing Words

Which witch is which?

While the butchers were arguing, the cow dropped dead.

While the sun is shining, bask in it.

While the word is yet unspoken, you are master of it; when once it is spoken, it is master of you.

While there's life there's hope.

While versus Whilst.
en] Confusing Words

While you live, tell truth and shame the Devil!

While you live, tell truth and shame the Devil!.

Whiney versus Whiny.
en] Confusing Words

Whip round.

Whipper snapper.

Whipping boy.

Whirling dervish.

Whisky versus Whiskey.
en] Confusing Words

Whisper Sweet Nothings (in Someone's Ear).

Whistle and flute.

Whistle blower.

Whistle down the wind.

Whistle in the Dark.

Whistle Past the Graveyard.

Whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad.

Whistle, and she'll come to you.

Whistling Dixie.

White ants can do no harm to a stone.

White as snow.

White bread.

White elephant.

White Lie.

White on Rice.

White-Show Law Firm.

Whither goest thou?
la] Quo vadis?

Who accepts from another sells his freedom.

Who accepts nothing has nothing to return.

Who accepts sells himself.

Who answers for another pays.

Who answers suddenly knows little.

Who dares think one thing, and another tell,
My heart detests him as the gates of Hell.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book IX, Line 412

Who does not love to dance, does not love to sing.

Who draws his sword against his Prince, must throw away the scabbard.

Who eats his dinner alone must saddle his horse alone.

Who eats too much, will then be sick.

Who faints not achieves.

Who follow not virtue in youth cannot fly sin in old age.

Who follows the elephant will have no problems.

Who forgives wins.

Who gets lost in the forest takes it out on who leads him back.

Who gives thee a capon give him the leg and the wing.

Who hath a fair wife needs more then two eyes.

Who hath a scold hath sorrow to his sops.

Who hath a wolf for his mate, needs a dog for his man.

Who hath aking teeth hath ill tenants.

Who hath bitter in his mouth spits not all sweet.

Who hath glass-windows of his own must take heed how he throws stones at his house.

Who hath none to still him, may weep out his eyes.

Who hath skirts of straw, needs fear the fire.

Who hath spice enough may season his meat as he pleaseth.

Who honors not age is unworthy of it.

Who is a cuckold and conceals it carries coals in his bosom.

Who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl.

Who keeps company with the wolf, will learn to howl.
it] Chi prattica con lupi impara à hurlar.

Who keeps company with wolves, will learn to howl.

Who lives by hope dies breaking of wind backwards.

Who lives by the altar must serve the altar.

Who lives well sees afar off.

Who looks not before finds himself behind.

Who loseth his due getteth no thanks.

Who marrieth for love without money hath good nights and sorry days.

Who more then he is worth doth spend, he makes a rope his life to end.

Who never climb'd never fell.

Who owns too much, remains unhappy.

Who pays the piper calls the tune.

Who perisheth in needless danger is the Devils martyr.

Who preacheth war is the Devils chaplain.

Who remove stones, bruise their fingers.

Who robs a Scholar robs twenty men.

Who sows his corn in the field trusts in God.

Who spends more then he should, shall not have to spend when he would.

Who spits against heaven it falls in his face.

Who takes a hut, also takes the rats and cockroaches.

Who versus Whom.
en] Confusing Words

Who walks in the mud, at some point must clean his feet.

Who would be a Gentleman let him storm a town.

Who would be young in age, must in youth be sage.

Whoa versus Woah.
en] Confusing Words

Whoever has only one garment does not wash it when it rains.

Whoever rides on the lion's back must surely end up in the lion's stomach.

Whoever stands in need of honey should not be afraid of bees.

Whoever tells the truth is chased out of nine villages.

Whole is greater than the sum of the parts - The.

Whole nine yards.


Whom a serpent has bitten a lizard alarms.

Whom the Gods love die young.


Whores affect not you but your money.

Whoring and bawdery do often end in beggery.

Who's She, the Cat's Mother?

Who's Who.

Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.

Whose little body lodg'd a mighty mind.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book V, Line 999

Whose versus Who's.
en] Confusing Words

Whoso absents himself his share absents itself.

Whosoever eats bread without first washing his hands, it is as though he had sinned with a harlot.

Why buy a book when you can join a library.

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.

Why does bread always fall butter side down?

Why keep a dog and bark yourself.

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?

Why should the Devil have all the best tunes?

Why take away something by force which you can obtain by love.

Why they like an ugly person it takes long for a beautiful person to know it.

Why, then, do you walk as if you had swallowed a ramrod?

Wide ears and a short tongue.

Widow versus Widower.
en] Confusing Words

Wife and children are bills of charges,

Wild and woolly.

Wild Goose Chase.

Will versus Would.
en] Confusing Words

Will will have wilt, though will woe win.

Willful waste makes woeful want.

Willows are weak, yet they bind other wood.

Willy nilly.

Win hands down.

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.

Win one for the Gipper.

Wind puffs up empty bladders; opinion, fools.

Wind someone up.

Window Dressing.

Window Shop.

Wine and Dine.
en] To entertain someone with expensive food and drink usually in hopes of getting something in return.

Wine in the bottle doth not quench the thirst.

Wine is a turn-coat, first a friend, then an enemy.

Wine is not for the wrenched.

Wine is the drunkard's blanket.

Wine is the masters, but the goodness is the drawers.

Wine that costs nothing is digested e're it be drunk.

Wine wears no breeches.

Wing it.

Wins on Sunday, sells on Monday.

Winter drawers on.

Wisdom does not come overnight.

Wisdom is like a baobab tree, no one individual can embrace it.

Wisdom is like a good skin bag every man carries his own.

Wisdom outweighs strength.

Wise men care not for what they cannot have.

Wise sayings are men.

Wise to resolve, and patient to perform.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book IV, Line 372

Wish you were here.

Wishing does not make a poor man rich.

Wit is folly unless a wise man hath the keeping of it.

Witch Hunt.

With a little seed of imagination you can grow a field of hope.

With adversity heaven polishes its jewels.

With as good a will as ever I came from school.

With Bells On.

With flying colors.
en] Exceptionally well.

With much knowledge there is much sorrow, with much wisdom there is much weeping.

With one's nose in the air/to hold up one's nose.
widespread idiom
en] to be haughtily or stuck-up, to assume an air of superiority; to be haughty or disdainful.

With Regard to versus With Regards to.
en] Confusing Words

With silence only as their benediction,
God's angels come
Where, in the shadow of a great affliction,
The soul sits dumb!
J. G. Whittier, To my Friend on the Death of his Sister

With the prawn that you temptingly dangled and drew
I became upon affable terms;
It will please you to know how familiar I grew
With the look of your succulent worms:
Yes, I knew every fly, every cast you could tie,
I knew all your tackle and gut,
And I heard the loud squeals when you landed the eels,
Or gave the stray flounder the butt.
Alfred Cochrane, The Twenty-Pounder, st. 3 (Salmon)

With time an egg will walk.

With tooth and nail.

Within a stone's throw of it.

Within one's four walls.
widespread idiom
en] at home, in the privacy of one's own home.

Without A Doubt.

Without a green switch the ox and the donkey won't obey.

Without a Hitch.

Without a shadow of a doubt.

Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws,
And asks no omen but his country's cause.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XII, Line 283

Without effort no harvest will be abundant.

Without fingers, the hand would be a spoon.

Without human companions, paradise itself would be an undesirable place.

Without impalas and hyenas, the lion cannot be the king of the jungle.

Without investigating the water, don't take off your shoes.

Without let or hindrance.

Without so much as a by your leave.

Without thought we can do nothing.

Wo to the house where there is no chiding.

Woe be to him whose advocate becomes his accuser.

Woe betide you.

Woe is Me versus Who is Me.
en] Confusing Words

Woe is me.

Wolf in sheep's clothing.

Wolf in sheep's clothing.
en] A person who appears innocent but really isn't.

Wolves lose their teeth, but not their memory.

Woman without man is like a field without seed.

Woman's work is never done.

Women and children first.

Women have no chief.

Women need men like a fish needs a bicycle.

Women, priests and poultry have never enough. Donne, preti & polli non son mai satolli.

Wonder versus Wander.
en] Confusing Words

Wonders will never cease.

Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.

Wood half burnt is easily kindled.

Wooden hill to Bedfordshire.

Word association football.

Word for word.

Word to the wise.

Words and feathers are tost by the wind.

Words are good, but there is something better. The best is not to be explained by words. The spirit in which we act is the chief matter. Action can only he understood and represented by the spirit. No one knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly, but what is wrong we are always conscious.

Words are like arrows throw them only when you know where they will fall.

Words are like bullets; if they escape, you can't catch them again.

Words ending in gry.

Words sweet as honey from his lips distill'd.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book I, Line 332

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