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PROVERB : MEANING
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder. : Our affection increases when we are parted from our loved ones.
  • Actions speak louder than words. : It is what we do that matters and not just what we say.
  • After a storm comes a calm. : Since something better must follow an unpleasant event, be optimistic.
  • All's well that ends well. : A satisfactory conclusion makes up for earlier disappointments.
  • All roads lead to Rome. : People can arrive at the same conclusion by different means.
  • All that glitters is not gold. : Everything that is attractive on the outside may not be really valuable inside.
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. : It is not good to only toil and have no recreation.
  • As you sow, so shall you reap. : One's actions whether good or bad determine one's rewards or punishments.
  • Bad news travels fast. : Information about unpleasant happenings spreads quickly.
  • A bad workman always blames his tools. : A person with deficiencies finds excuses for his lack of skill.
  • Barking dogs seldom bite. : People who talk a lot or threaten may not be actually harmful.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. : What pleases the sight varies from one person to another.
  • Beggars cannot be choosers. : One must accept what is available in difficult circumstances.
  • The best fish swim near the bottom. : The finest things are hard to get.
  • The best of friends must part. : Nothing can go on forever as all things change.
  • Better late than never. : It is preferable to do a job even if it is delayed than not do it at all.
  • Better safe than sorry. : It is preferable to be cautious than be rash and get into trouble.
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. : It is better to accept the little we have than reject it hoping to get a lot later.
  • Birds of a feather flock together. : People with similar interests and tastes tend to group.
  • Blood is thicker than water. : Family ties are stronger than other relationships.
  • A burnt child dreads the fire. : A mistake can be a great teacher.
  • Call a spade a spade. : Be blunt and say plainly what you mean.
  • Charity begins at home. : Provide help first to one's family members and then to others.
  • The child is father of the man. : The character of a child shows the kind of man he will grow up to be.
  • Coming events cast their shadows before. : There are often early indications of future happenings.
  • Cut your coat according to your cloth. : Live within your means.
  • The darkest hour is that before the dawn. : When things seem at their worst, they may just begin to improve.
  • The die is cast. : Once a decision has been made, it cannot be reversed.
  • Do as you would be done by. : Treat others as you would expect them to treat you.
  • Do not cast your pearls before swine. : Do not give a precious thing to someone who cannot value it.
  • Don't change horses in mid-stream. : Plans must not be altered at the wrong time.
  • Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. : One should not assume success prior to actually achieving it.
  • Don't cross a bridge till you come to it. : One should not worry before something happens for it may never happen.
  • Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. : One should not make a big fuss about a trivial matter.
  • First come, first served. : If one arrives early, one gets a better choice.
  • Slow but sure wins the race. : Steady progress is better in the long run than inconsistent speed.

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