English Proverbs


What’s good for the goose is good for the gander

Cob job

Where’s there’s muck there’s brass

You can’t breed rats from mice

Make hay while the sun shines

Early bird catches the worm

In one ear and out the other

Age before beauty

It’s what thas getten when thas done

Better safe than sorry

All’s well that ends well

The devil makes work for idle hands

When it rains, it pours

An army marches on its stomach

Needs must

No rest for the wicked

Out of sight, out of mind

Practice makes perfect

Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself

Don’t tempt providence

Worse things happen at sea

No smoke without fire

Hindsight is a fine thing

Forewarned, forearmed

Look before you leap

Don’t teach your Grandma to suck eggs

Live by the sword, die by the sword

Fortune favours the brave

Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself

Don’t throw good money after bad

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned

Each to their own

Going the extra mile

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,

If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen,

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Plenty more fish in the sea

Any port in a storm

As thick as thieves

Once you’ve made your bed you have to lie in it

Manners make’th the man

You can’t get a quart out of a pint pot

The higher the monkey climbs the tree the more exposed his arse is

I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole

Many a true word said in jest

It takes two to tango

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

A shot across the bows

Let sleeping dogs lie

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

Took the bull by the horns

A watched pot never boils

No use crying over spilt milk

Pissing in the wind

Like a fish out of water

Nowt stranger than folk

He’s living in cloud cuckoo land

Kill two birds with one stone

Tip of the iceberg

All fart and no piss

You can’t fit a round peg in a square hole

Never put of until tomorrow what you can do today

As fit as a fiddle

Don’t count your chickens until they’ve hatched

His bark is worse than his bite

Let the dog see the rabbit

Curiosity killed the cat

Shit or bust

Can’t see the wood for the trees

Strike while the iron is hot

He’s making a mountain out of a molehill

The grass is always greener on the other side

Out of sight, out of mind

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

The proof of the pudding is in the eating

Time and tide wait for no man

Practice what you preach

You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Least said, soonest mended

There’s more than one way to skin a cat

Shrewd as a barrel of monkeys

Know which side your bread is buttered

Early bird catches the worm

While the cat’s away the mice will play

Putting the cart before the horse

Too many cooks spoil the broth

What goes around comes around

The chickens have come home to roost

Where there’s a will there’s a way

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Shit or get off the pot

Empty vessels make the most noise

Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you

Every dog has his day

A stitch in time saves nine

Neither use nor ornament

Like a bear with a sore arse

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile

All’s fair in love and war

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

He’s Mon and shirt

Stick to your Guns

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas

Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

Preaching to the converted

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