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English Proverbs : Proverb to Meaning V

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Given the PROVERB, identify the MEANING

1. Talk of the devil and the devil appears.
Answer: This is said in jest when a person we have been talking about meets us.

2. There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
Answer: We cannot assume anything is ours until we actually get it.

3. There is no rose without a thorn.
Answer: Unalloyed happiness is impossible, because joy and sorrow go together.

4. There is no smoke without fire.
Answer: Rumours are not baseless but have some truth in them.

5. A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Answer: The memory of something pleasant provides everlasting pleasure.

6. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Answer: Think of your own mistakes before blaming others.

7. Time and tide wait for no man.
Answer: One must not miss opportunities by delaying action.

8. Time is a great healer.
Answer: Pain or grief diminish or disappear with the passage of time.

9. To err is human.
Answer: It is natural for all of us to make mistakes.

10. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Answer: It is chaotic for too many people to do the same job at the same time.

11. Touch pitch and be defiled.
Answer: If you keep contact with bad people, you get spoiled.

12. Two heads are better than one.
Answer: It is beneficial when persons reason jointly and make up for each other's deficiencies.

13. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
Answer: With greatness and power comes a lot of responsibility.

14. United we stand, divided we fall.
Answer: There is strength and safety in numbers compared individuals acting alone.

15. Variety is the spice of life.
Answer: Experiencing different things makes living interesting and prevents boredom.

16. Wake not a sleeping lion.
Answer: It is wise not to disturb things at times lest you invite trouble.

17. Walls have ears.
Answer: Take care when you speak lest others hear what they should not.

18. Waste not, want not.
Answer: If one is careful with things especially money, one will not lack them when needed.

19. A watched pot never boils.
Answer: If we are eagerly waiting for something, it seems to take forever to happen.

20. Water is a boon in the desert, but the drowning man curses it.
Answer: There is too little of what we want and too much of what we don't want.

21. Well begun is half done.
Answer: A good start to a task leads to its easy and successful completion.

22. What's done cannot be undone.
Answer: It is too late to change one's mind after performing an action.

23. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Answer: What is appropriate for one is appropriate for another.

24. When in Rome do as the Romans do.
Answer: One must adapt to one's surroundings.

25. When one door shuts another opens.
Answer: Failure should not discourage us, for some other opportunity always exists.

26. When the cat is away the mice will play.
Answer: People take advantage when the person in charge is absent.

27. Where ignorance is bliss it is folly to be wise.
Answer: It is better to be unaware of something that will bring unhappiness.

28. Where there's a will there's a way.
Answer: If one is determined, one will find a path to success.

29. The wish is father to the thought.
Answer: It is a desire that gives birth to a belief.

30. You cannot have your cake and eat it.
Answer: You cannot have everything because a choice has to be made between alternatives.

31. You can take a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink.
Answer: You cannot help an unwilling person beyond a certain point.

32. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
Answer: You do me a favor and I will reciprocate.

33. Beauty is but skin deep.
Answer: Do not judge solely by looks because appearances are deceptive.

34. Every ass likes to hear himself bray.
Answer: Foolish people talk a lot.

35. A fool and his money are soon parted.
Answer: If one spends without thought, then one will be penniless.

36. Nothing venture, nothing gain.
Answer: Without risks, there are no rewards.

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