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English Proverbs : Proverb to Meaning I
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Given the PROVERB, identify the MEANING
1. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Our affection increases when we are parted from our loved ones.
2. Actions speak louder than words.
It is what we do that matters and not just what we say.
3. After a storm comes a calm.
Since something better must follow an unpleasant event, be optimistic.
4. All's well that ends well.
A satisfactory conclusion makes up for earlier disappointments.
5. All roads lead to Rome.
People can arrive at the same conclusion by different means.
6. All that glitters is not gold.
Everything that is attractive on the outside may not be really valuable inside.
7. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
It is not good to only toil and have no recreation.
8. As you sow, so shall you reap.
One's actions whether good or bad determine one's rewards or punishments.
9. Bad news travels fast.
Information about unpleasant happenings spreads quickly.
10. A bad workman always blames his tools.
A person with deficiencies finds excuses for his lack of skill.
11. Barking dogs seldom bite.
People who talk a lot or threaten may not be actually harmful.
12. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What pleases the sight varies from one person to another.
13. Beggars cannot be choosers.
One must accept what is available in difficult circumstances.
14. The best fish swim near the bottom.
The finest things are hard to get.
15. The best of friends must part.
Nothing can go on forever as all things change.
16. Better late than never.
It is preferable to do a job even if it is delayed than not do it at all.
17. Better safe than sorry.
It is preferable to be cautious than be rash and get into trouble.
18. 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.
19. Birds of a feather flock together.
People with similar interests and tastes tend to group.
20. Blood is thicker than water.
Family ties are stronger than other relationships.
21. A burnt child dreads the fire.
A mistake can be a great teacher.
22. Call a spade a spade.
Be blunt and say plainly what you mean.
23. Charity begins at home.
Provide help first to one's family members and then to others.
24. The child is father of the man.
The character of a child shows the kind of man he will grow up to be.
25. Coming events cast their shadows before.
There are often early indications of future happenings.
26. Cut your coat according to your cloth.
Live within your means.
27. The darkest hour is that before the dawn.
When things seem at their worst, they may just begin to improve.
28. The die is cast.
Once a decision has been made, it cannot be reversed.
29. Do as you would be done by.
Treat others as you would expect them to treat you.
30. Do not cast your pearls before swine.
Do not give a precious thing to someone who cannot value it.
31. Don't change horses in mid-stream.
Plans must not be altered at the wrong time.
32. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
One should not assume success prior to actually achieving it.
33. Don't cross a bridge till you come to it.
One should not worry before something happens for it may never happen.
34. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
One should not make a big fuss about a trivial matter.
35. First come, first served.
If one arrives early, one gets a better choice.
36. Slow but sure wins the race.
Steady progress is better in the long run than inconsistent speed.
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