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  • Call a spade a spade.
  • A cat has nine lives.
  • A cat may look at a king.
  • Catch your bear before you sell its skin.
  • Charity begins at home.
  • The child is father of the man.
  • Children should be seen and not heard.
  • Christmas comes but once a year.
  • Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  • Clothes do not make the man.
  • Constant dripping wears away the stone.
  • A constant guest is never welcome.
  • Courtesy costs nothing.
  • Cowards die many times before their deaths.
  • Cross the stream where it is shallowest.
  • Cut your coat according to your cloth.
  • Deeds, not words.
  • The devil finds work for idle hands to do.
  • The devil is not so black as he is painted.
  • Diamond cut diamond.
  • Do as I say, not as I do.
  • Do as most men do, then most men will speak well of you.
  • Don't change horses in mid-stream.
  • Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
  • Don't cross a bridge till you come to it.
  • Don't cry before you are hurt.
  • Don't cut the bough you are standing on.
  • Don't empty the baby out with the bath water.
  • Do not kick against the pricks.
  • Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
  • Don't make a rod for your own back.
  • Don't make yourself a mouse, or the cat will eat you.
  • Don't pour out the dirty water before you have clean.
  • Do not put all your eggs in the same basket.
  • Do not put new wine into old bottles.
  • Don't put the cart before the horse.
  • Don't tell tales out of school.
  • Do not wash your dirty linen in public.
  • A door must be either shut or open.
  • A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
  • A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees the farther of the two.
  • Call no man happy till he is dead.
  • Care killed a cat.
  • Cast not the first stone.
  • Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance.
  • Caveat emptor.
  • Charity covers a multitude of sins.
  • Circumstances alter cases.
  • Coming events cast their shadows before.
  • Comparisons are odious.
  • Conscience does make cowards of us all.
  • A contented mind is a perpetual feast.
  • The course of true love never did run smooth.
  • The cowl does not make the monk.
  • A creaking gate hangs long.
  • Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.
  • Custom makes all things easy.
  • Custom reconciles us to everything.
  • The darkest hour is that before the dawn.
  • Dead men tell no tales.
  • Death is the great leveller.
  • Desires are nourished by delays.
  • Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
  • The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
  • The devil take the hindmost.
  • Discontent is the first step in progress.
  • Discretion is the better part of valour.
  • Distance lends enchantment to the view.
  • Do as you would be done by.
  • Do not cast your pearls before swine.
  • Dog does not eat dog.
  • Don't cry stinking fish.
  • Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
  • Do not halloo till you are out of the woods.
  • Don't have too many irons in the fire.
  • Don't meet trouble half-way.
  • Do not quarrel with your bread and butter.
  • Don't ride the high horse.
  • Don't speak to the man at the wheel.
  • Don't take your harp to the party.
  • Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
  • Do not wear out your welcome.
  • Dying is as natural as living.

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