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Work expands so as to fill the time available.

Work in Progress versus Work in Process.
en] Confusing Words

Work is good, as long as you don't forget to live.
Africa

Work is worship.

Work One's Fingers to the Bone.

Work out.

Work smarter, not harder.

Work your butt off.
en] Work very hard.

Workout versus Work out.
en] Confusing Words

Worn to a Frazzle.

Worry is like a rocking chair it swings you back and forth and it takes you nowhere.
Africa

Worrying never did anyone any good.

Worse comes to worst.

Worse for the Wear.

Worse for wear.

Worse things happen at sea.

Worse versus Worst.
en] Confusing Words

Worship the Creator not His creation.

Worth one's salt.

Worth Their Salt.

Worth Your While.

Worthless is the advice of fools.
Latin.

Wotcher.

Would Not Harm a Fly.

Would you Adam and Eve it?

Would you have better bread then is made of wheat? Ital.

Would you know secrets, look them in grief or pleasure.

Wouldn't be caught dead.

Wouldn't touch with a barge-pole.

Wouldst thou know the lawfulness of the action which thou desirest to undertake, let thy devotion reeommend it to Divine blessing: if it be lawful, thou shalt perceive thy heart encouraged by thy prayer; if unlawful, thou shalt find thy prayer discouraged by thy heart. That action is not warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing, or, having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving.
Quarles

Wranglers never want words.

Wrap it before you tap it.

Wrap your head around something.

Wrapt in the cold embraces of the tomb.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book III, Line 312

Wreak havoc (and wreaked vs. wrought).

Wreak havoc.

Writ large.

Write down the advice of him that loves you though you like it not at present.

Write on the devil's horns "good angel," and many will believe it.

Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.

Writing (Handwriting) on the Wall.

X marks the spot.

Yada Yada.

Y'all versus Ya'll.
en] Confusing Words

Yarn bombing.

Yay versus Nay.
en] Confusing Words

Yea versus Yeah.
en] Confusing Words

Yea, soon the time will come when every inch
Of England shall display advertisements;
When, newly taught, the birds shall add their notes
To the glad chorus, "Buy Pomponia Paste!"
Anthony C. Deane, New Rhymes for Old

Yea, we cry, "We will hear, we will follow
That voice anywhere";
But the echoes around mimic "follow,"
And mock us with "where."
May Earle, A Phase of Agnosticism

Year In, Year Out.

Year Old versus Year-Old.
en] Confusing Words

Yellow belly.

Yellow Peril.

Yellow-belly.

Yes Siree Bob.

Yes, I am an April Fool: confessed!
And my pate grows not wise for scratching.
Alfred Austin, Lyrics: An April Fool

Yesterday is gone.

Yesterday's gone.

Yogurt versus Yoghurt.
en] Confusing Words

Yoke versus Yolk.
en] Confusing Words

You always admire what you really don't understand, et al.

You always find something in the last place you look.

You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win.
Africa

You always pick the fruits of what you plant.
Africa

You are invited to join the hunt when your nets are in evidence.
Africa

You are never too old to learn.

You are not born a leader, you become one.
Africa

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.
Africa

You are what you eat.

You ask an elm tree for pears.

You ask for the ancestors' help and then help yourself.
Africa

You attract more flies with honey than vinegar.

You Better Keep Quiet About It.

You can beat a fool half to death but you can't beat the foolishness out of him.
Africa

You can beat anyone if you have a golden slipper.

You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family.

You can have too much of a good thing.

You can hide wine in a gourd but not in the belly.
Africa

You can kill a man's identity on earth but you cannot kill is spirit.
Africa

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But You Can't Make It Drink.

You can lead a horse to water.

You can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think.

You can lead horses to water, but you can't make them drink.

You can learn a lot about someone by observing him when he is hungry.
Africa

You can leave without a friend but never without a neighbour.
Africa

You can never sow rice and expect to harvest maize.
Africa

You can only know the fleas in the bed you have slept in.
Africa

You can out run that which is running after you but not that that's running inside of you.
Africa

You can outrun what is running after you, but not what is running inside of you.
Africa

You Can Say That Again!

You can say that again!
en] You definitely agree with what has just been said.

You can see the fowl's innerness when the wind is blowing.
Africa

You can share the same bed but you can't share the same dream.
Africa

You can stay a thousand miles away from home and still see inside.
Africa

You can take a goat to the river, but you can't make it drink the water.
Africa

You Can Take It to the Bank.

You can take the monkey out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the monkey.

You can take the person out of the place, but you can't take the place out of the person.

You can teach other people how to learn other languages but you can't teach them how to govern themselves.
Africa

You can tell a ripe corn by its look.
Africa

You can use salt to prevent meat from rotting, but what will you use to prevent salt from rotting?

You cannot amputate your genitals for being impotent.
Africa

You cannot be a mouse and bat at the same time.
Africa

You cannot beat a child to take away its tears.
Africa

You cannot blindfold a man and expect him to ferry you across the river.
Africa

You cannot break a stick in a bundle.

You cannot break a twig in a bundle.

You cannot break sticks in a bundle.

You cannot build a house for last year's summer.
Africa

You cannot climb a bid of success with your hands tied up.
Africa

You cannot cure a wound by striking it gently.
Africa

You cannot dance without music though you can sing instrumentally without dancing.
Africa

You cannot exchange peace for war.
Africa

You cannot expect me to carry you on my back and then you say my head smells.
Africa

You cannot handle fire with your hands.
Africa

You cannot hear a baby cry in the mother's womb.
Africa

You cannot hide an Eel in a sack.

You cannot hide your nakedness from your bath bucket.
Africa

You cannot know wine by the barrel.

You cannot lean on air.
Africa

You cannot lock up science in one head.
Africa

You cannot name a child that is not born.
Africa

You cannot please everyone.

You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.

You cannot reject the head of a cow simply because the eye scares you.
Africa

You cannot send a goat to rescue a lamb from a loin's attack.
Africa

You cannot stop birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them nesting in your hair.
Africa

You cannot stop planting cereals just because birds are going to feast on them.
Africa

You cannot think you could teach a fish to swim.
Africa

You cannot win a lottery without buying a ticket.
Africa

You cannot work for food when there is no food for work.
Africa

You can't be half pregnant.

You can't become a teacher before your taught.
Africa

You can't break a stick in a bundle.

You can't break a twig in a bundle.

You can't break sticks in a bundle.

You can't build up a reputation on what you are going to do.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

You can't catch old birds with chaff.

You can't clap with one hand.

You can't dance on one leg.
Africa

You can't drive a windmill with a pair of bellows.

You can't fight City Hall.

You can't flee your lot nor share it with another.

You can't get a quart into a pint pot.

You can't get blood out of a stone.

You can't get blood out of a turnip.

You can't get something for nothing.

You can't go home again.

You can't have an omelette unless you break the egg.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

You can't hide the smoke when the house is burning.
Africa

You can't hold with the hare and run with the hounds.

You can't inject new ideas in a man's head by cutting it off.
Africa

You can't judge a book by its cover.

You can't jump a swamp before you reach it.
Africa

You can't keep a good man down.

You can't lead anyone further than you have gone yourself.
Africa

You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em.

You can't live with them, you can't live without them.

You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear.

You can't make a silk purse of a sow's ear.

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

You Can't Make an Omelet (Omelette).

You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.

You can't make bricks without straw.

You Can't Make Fish of One and Fowl of the Other.

You can't measure a snake until it's dead.
Africa

You can't order a goat to eat the hyena.
Africa

You can't polish a turd.

You can't put a wise head on young shoulders.

You can't put an old head on young shoulders.

You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.

You can't see the forest for the trees' mean

You can't spread a net to catch a bird that is watching you.
Africa

You can't step in the same river twice.

You can't take it with you [when you die].

You can't take it with you.

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

You can't teach and old dog new tricks.

You can't tell a book by its cover.

You can't tell the colour of somebody's cloth from his shadow.
Africa

You can't unring a bell.

You can't walk before you can crawl.
Africa

You can't win them all.

You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

You chew from one side of your mouth and keep the other side still.
Africa

You could destroy everything I have believed in and your father before you and his father before you.
Africa

You couldn't care less.
en] You have a total lack of interest in something.

You dance in a net and think nobody sees you.

You dance in a net, and think no body sees you.

You do not beat a drum with one finger.
Africa

You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla.

You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla.
Africa

You do not verify from your mother the authenticity of what your grandmother has told you.
Africa

You don't become an expert in five days.
Africa

You don't dip your pen in company ink.

You don't dip your pen in the company's ink.

You don't dip your pen in the inkwell.

You don't get something for nothing.

You don't give someone a goat for a gift and still hold on to the rope.
Africa

You don't have to climb the palm wine tree to drink palm wine.
Africa

You don't have to lie down at the spot where your enemy has thrown you.
Africa

You don't have to tell the deaf that there is a stampede in the market.
Africa

You don't look at the mantelpiece when you poke the fire.

You don't look at the mantelpiece when you're poking the fire.

You don't lose anything by enlightening others.

You don't miss the water till the well runs dry.

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

You don't punish a fish by throwing it in water.
Africa

You don't shit where you eat.

You get more with a kind word and a gun than you do with a kind word alone.

You get on my wick.

You get what you deserve.
Africa

You get what you pay for.

You go to a goat to buy wool.

You have a little wit and it doth you good sometimes.

You have had it up to here.
en] You cannot handle any more of something that is aggravating you.

You have to heal the wound before it ignores the medicine.
Africa

You Know the Drill.

You know the tree by its fruit.

You look as if you've been dragged through a hedge backwards.

You look for hot water under the ice.

You look for the horse you ride on.
Russian

You make the bed you lie in.

You may as well die fighting the enemy than live exploited and be persecuted by him.
Africa

You may be a wise man though you can't make a watch.

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
Africa

You may choose your friends but not your neighbours.
Africa

You may say the cassava in your mouth is bitter, but it is only looking at the next one.
Africa

You may speak with your gold and make other tongues dumb.

You must be honest to succeed, for to be dishonest you will stand condemned before yourself, and lose your self-approval, and meet defeat.

You must judge a man by the work of his hands.
Africa

You must not let your mouse-trap smell of cheese.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

You name it.
en] Whatever you want.

You never heard the ringing reel,
The music of the water side!
Andrew Lang, Rhymes la Mode: The Last Cast

You never know a line is zigzag until you put a straight line against it.
Africa

You never know what you've got till it's gone.

You never miss the water till the well runs dry.

You never miss the water until the well runs dry.

You only get what you give.

You pay more for your schooling, then your learning is worth.

You pays your money and you takes your chances.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.

You reap what you sow.

You rock.
en] You are great.

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

You see this thing called blood there is nothing like it.
Africa

You shall never want rope enough.

You should know what's being cooked in the kitchen otherwise you might eat a forbidden food.
Africa

You shouldn't leave your own fire ablaze to go and put out your neighbour's fire.
Africa

You snooze you lose.

You Snooze, You Lose.

You sold me (on something).
en] You convinced me of something because you were persuasive.

You stored your milk in a straining metal... and now you are complaining about bad luck?

You take all the experience and judgment of men over 50 out of the world and there wouldn't be enough left to run it.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

You talk sweet like the bulbul bird.

You use a lantern at noon day.
Latin

You were better give the wool then the sheep.
it] Meglio dar la lana che lapecora.

You whirled them to the back of beyond.

You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

You will never know the importance of the buttocks, until they develop a boil.
Africa

You win some, you lose some.

You would not be caught dead.
en] You would never do something.

You wouldn't know how far the town is if you've been taken there.
Africa

You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.

Young at Heart.

Young folk, silly folk, old folk, cold folk.
Dutch,

Young men are made wise, old men become so.

Young men should be learners when old men are actors.

Young men soon give and soon forget affronts, old age is slow at both.
Byron.

Young men think old men are fools, and old men know young men to be so.

Young men's knocks, old men feel.

Young people must be taught, old ones be honored.
Dan.

Young turk.

Your aspirations are in heaven, but your brains are in your feet.

Your bark is worse than your bite.
en] You seem more aggressive and mean than you really are.

Your brother's pocket cannot keep your wealth.
Africa

Your days are numbered.

Your feet will take you away from home but your stomach will bring you back.
Africa

Your food is supposed to be your medicine and your medicine is supposed to be your food.
Africa

Your greatest hope is your greatest fear.
Africa

Your guess is as good as mine.

Your lips are sealed.
en] You will keep a secret.

Your Mileage May Vary.

Your mind is like a parachute; it only works when it's open.
Africa

Your money or your life.

Your mother is the bodyguard of your father.
Africa

Your name is mud.

Your number is up.

Your peaks are beautiful, ye Apennines!
In the soft light of these serenest skies,
From the broad highland region, black with pines,
Fair as the hills of Paradise they rise,
Bathed in the tint Peruvian slaves behold
In rosy flushes on the virgin gold.
W. C. Bryant, To the Apennines

Your previous lies will contradict your future truths.
Africa

Your Reputation Precedes You.

Your self-approval is more to you than all money can buy, or the kingdoms of this world can give.

Your versus You're.
en] Confusing Words

Your wish is my command.
widespread idiom
en] whatever you want, I will fully comply with your wishes.

You're Driving Me Nuts.

You're My Rock.

You're never too old to learn.

Yours Truly.

Youth and white paper take any impression.

Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.
Bea.

Youth is a garland of roses, age is a crown of thorns.
Hebrew.

Youth is wasted on the young.

Youth versus Youths.
en] Confusing Words

You've got to be in it to win it.

You've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette.

You've never had it so good.

You've seen many Komo, but you haven't seen the wild beast.
Africa

Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.

Zee versus Zed.
en] Confusing Words

Zero in on something.
en] Focus on something.

Zero In On.

Zero tolerance.

Zero-sum game.

Zig When One Should Be Zagging.

Zig-zag

Zig-zag.

Zip One's Lip.

Zip your lip.

Zombi versus Zombie.
en] Confusing Words

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