|A bakers dozen.|
RabelaisWorks. Bk. V. Ch. XXII.
|Add to golden numbers golden numbers.|
Thos. DekkerPatient Grissell. Act I. Sc. 1.
|A flea in his ear.|
R. ArminNest of Ninnies. (1608). T. NashPierce Penniless. (1592). R. GreeneQuip for an upstart Courier. (1592). TeutonTragicall Discourses. (1579). Francis de lIsleLegendarie Life and Behavior of Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine. (1577).
|After supper walk a mile.|
Beaumont and FletcherPhilaster. II. 4.
|A new broome sweepeth cleane.|
LylyEuphues. Arbers Reprint. P. 89.
|An inch in a miss is as good as an ell.|
Camdens Remains. (1614).
|An inch in missing is as bad as an ell.|
|As clear as a whistle.|
John ByromEpistle to Lloyd. I.
|As cold as cucumbers.|
Beaumont and FletcherCupids Revenge. Act I. Sc. 1.
|As high as Heaven, as deep as Hell.|
Beaumont and FletcherHonest Mans Fortune. Act IV. Sc. 1.
|A thorn in the flesh.|
II Corinthians. XII. 7.
|Bag and baggage.|
Richard HuloetAbecedarium Anglico-Latinum pro Tyrunculas. (1552). As You Like It. III. 2. How erst wee did them thence, sans bag and baggage, tosse. BurdetMirror for Magistrates. St. 75. With bag and baggage, selye wretch, / I yelded into Beauties hand. Tottels Miscellany. Arbers Reprint. P. 173. Appears in trans. of Polydore Vergils English History, edited by Sir Henry Ellis, Camden Society (1844). MS., in the handwriting of the reign of Henry VIII. (About 154050). Also in Camden Society Reprint, No. 53. P. 47. (1500). In Life of Lord Grey, Camden Society MS. P. 37. (About 1570). Credited to Froissart, in Lord Berners trans. Vol. I. Ch. CCCXX. P. 497. (Ed. 1523).
|Barkis is willin.|
DickensDavid Copperfield. Ch. I.
|Beat all your feathers as flat as pancakes.|
MiddletonRoaring Girl. Act II. Sc. 1.
|Better a bad excuse, than none at all.|
CamdenRemaines. Proverbs. P. 293.
|Big-endians and small-endians.|
SwiftGullivers Travels. Pt. I. Ch. IV. Voyage to Lilliput.
|But me no buts.|
Henry FieldingRape upon Rape. Act II. Sc. 2. Aaron HillSnake in the Grass. Sc. 1.
|By all thats good and glorious.|
ByronSardanapalus. Act I. Sc. 2.
|By hooke or crooke.|
HeywoodProverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. In a letter of Sir Richard Morysin to the Privy Council in Lodges Illustrations &c. I. 154. Hollands Suetonius. P. 169. John WyclifWorks. Ed. by Arnold. III. 331. RabelaisBk. V. Ch. XIII. Du BartasThe Map of Man. SpenserFaerie Queene. Bk. III. Canto I. St. 17. Beaumont and FletcherWomen Pleased. Act I. Sc. 3. SheltonDuke of Clout. See also Which he by hook or crook.
|Curses are like young chickens,|
And still come home to roost!
Arabian Proverb quoted by Bulwer-LyttonThe Lady of Lyons. Act V. Sc. 2. ChaucerPersones Tale. Sec. 41.
|Cut and come again.|
CrabbeTales VII. L. 26.
|Se couper le nez pour faire dépit à son visage.|
Cut off your nose to spite your face.
Tallement des RéauxHistoriettes. Vol. I. Ch. I. (About 16571659).
|Diamonds cut diamonds.|
John FordThe Lovers Melancholy. Act I. Sc. 3.
|Every fat (vat) must stand upon his bottom.|
BunyanPilgrims Progress. Pt. I.
|Every one stretcheth his legs according to his coverlet.|
|Every why hath a wherefore.|
Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 44.
|Facts are stubborn things.|
Le SageGil Blas. Bk. X. Ch. I. Smollets trans.
|Every tub must stand upon its bottom.|
MacklinMan of the World. Act I. Sc. 2.
| Fast bind, fast find;|
A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.
Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 5. L. 54.
|First come, first served.|
Beaumont and FletcherLittle French Lawyer. II. 1.
|Fitted him to a T.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life of Johnson. (1784).
|From the crown of our head to the sole of our foot.|
Beaumont and FletcherThe Honest Mans Fortune. Act II. Sc. 2. Thos. MiddletonA Mad World, My Masters. Act I. Sc. 3. PlinyNatural History. Bk. VII. Ch. XVII. Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 2.
| Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crackd and never well mended.|
Benj. FranklinPoor Richard. (1750).
|God save the mark!|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 57.
|Going as if he trod upon eggs.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III. Sect. II. Memb. 3.
|Go to Jericho.|
Let them all go to Jericho,
And neer be seen againe.
Mercurius Aulicus. (1648). Quoted in the Athenæum, Nov. 14, 1874.
|Go West, young man! Go West.|
John L. B. SouleIn the Terre Haute Express. (1851).
| Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.|
Horace GreeleyHints toward Reform. In an editorial in the Tribune.
|Hail, fellow, well met.|
SwiftMy Ladys Lamentation.
|Harp not on that string.|
Richard III. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 366.
|He can give little to his servant that licks his knife.|
|He comes not in my books.|
Beaumont and FletcherThe Widow.
|He did not care a button for it.|
RabelaisWorks. Bk. II. Ch. XVI.
|Heres metal more attractive.|
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 115.
|Hide their diminished heads.|
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 35.
|Hier lies that should fetch a perfect woman over the coles.|
Sir Gyles Goosecappe. (1606).
|His bark is worse than his bite.|
HerbertCountry Parson. Ch. XXIX.
|Hit the nail on the head.|
Beaumont and FletcherLoves Cure. Act II. Sc. 1.
|Hold one anothers noses to the grindstone hard.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III. Sec. I. Memb. 3.
|Hold their noses to the grindstone.|
Thos. MiddletonBlurt, Master Constable. Act III. Sc. 3.
|Honey of Hybla.|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 47.
|How well I feathered my nest.|
RabelaisWorks. Bk. II. Ch. XVII.
|I have other fish to fry.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. XXXV.
|I have you on the hip.|
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 334.
|Ill have a fling.|
Beaumont and FletcherRule a Wife and Have a Wife. III. 5.
| Ill make the fur|
Fly bout the ears of the old cur.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto III. L. 278.
|Ill put a spoke among your wheels.|
Beaumont and FletcherMad Lover. III. 5.
|In the name of the Prophetfigs.|
Horace and James SmithRejected Addresses. Johnsons Ghost.
|Leap out of the frying pan into the fire.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. III. Ch. IV.
|Let the worst come to the worst.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Bk. III. Ch. V. MarstonDutch Courtesan. Act III. Sc. 1.
| Love all, trust a few,|
Do wrong to none.
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 73.
|Love, and a Cough, cannot be hid.|
|Made no more bones.|
Du BartasThe Maiden Blush.
|Make ducks and drakes with shillings.|
George ChapmanEastward Ho. Act I. Sc. 1.
|Make three bites of a cherry.|
RabelaisWorks. Bk. V. Ch. XXVIII.
|Many a smale maketh a grate.|
| Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. XXXVII.
|Mariana in the moated grange.|
Tennyson. Motto for Mariana. Taken from There, at the moated grange, resides this dejected Mariana. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1.
|Mind your Ps and Qs.|
Said to be due to the old custom of hanging up a slate in the tavern with P. and Q. (for pints and quarts), under which were written the names of customers and ticks for the number of Ps and Qs. Another explanation is that the expression referred to toupées (artificial locks of hair) and queues (tails).
|Moche Crye and no Wull.|
FortescueDe Laudibus Leg. Angliæ. Ch. X.
|Much of a muchness.|
VanbrughThe Provoked Husband. Act I. Sc. 1.
|Needle in a bottle of hay.|
FieldA Womans a Weathercock. Reprint 1612. P. 20.
|Neither fish, flesh nor good red herring.|
Tom BrowneÆneus. Sylvius. Letter. DrydenEpilogue to Duke of Guise. MarsdenHistory of Christian Churches. Vol. I. P. 267. In Sir John Mennes (Mennis) Musarum Deliciæ. (1651). Thos. NashLenten Stuff. (1599). Reprinted in Harleian Miscellany. Sir H. SheresSatyr on the sea officers. Rede me and be nott wrothe. I. III. (1528).
|No better than you should be.|
Beaumont and FletcherThe Coxcomb. Act IV. Sc. 3.
| No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. II. Memb. 2. Subsect. 3.
|Nought venter nought have.|
HeywoodProverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. Thos. TusserFive Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Octobers Extract.
|Old Lady of Threadneedle Street.|
William Cobbett. Also Gilray Caricature. May 22. 1797, after the bank stopped cash payments, Feb. 26, 1797. SheridanLife by Walter Sichel. P. 16. Refers to the bank as an elderly lady in the city, of great credit and long standing, who had recently made a faux pas which was not altogether inexcusable.
|On his last legs.|
Thos. MiddletonThe Old Law. Act V. Sc. 1.
|One good turn deserves another.|
Beaumont and FletcherLittle French Lawyer. III. 2.
|Originality provokes originality.|
|Passing the Rubicon.|
When he arrived at the banks of the Rubicon, which divides Cisalpine Gaul from the rest of Italy
he stopped to deliberate
. At last he cried out: The die is cast and immediately passed the river.
PlutarchLife of Julius Cæsar.
|Performed to a T.|
RabelaisWorks. Bk. IV. Ch. LI.
The asses bridge.
Applied to Proposition 5 of the first book of Euclid.
|Present company excepted.|
OKeefeLondon Hermit. (1793).
|Push onkeep moving.|
Thos. MortonA Cure for the Heartache. Act III. Sc. 1.
|Put himself upon his good behaviour.|
ByronDon Juan. Canto V. St. 47.
|Put your toong in your purse.|
HeywoodDialogue of Wit and Folly. Pt. II. L. 263.
Whither goest thou?
From The Vulgate. John. XIII. 36. Domine, quo vadis? [St. Peters question.] St. Thomas asks a similar question in John. XIV. 5. The traditional story is told by St. AmbroseContra Auxentium. (Ed. Paris, 1690). II. 867.
|Safe bind, safe find.|
TusserFive Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Washing.
|Scared out of his seven senses.|
ScottRob Roy. Ch. XXIV.
|Set all at sixe and seven.|
HeywoodProverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. ChaucerTroilus and Cresseide. L. 623. Also Towneley Mysteries. 143. Morte Arture. MS. at Lincoln. Degrevant. (1279). Richard II. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 122.
|Smell a rat.|
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 821. CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. IV. Ch. X. Ben JonsonTale of a Tub. Act IV. Sc. 3. Thos. MiddletonBlurt, Master Constable. Act III. Sc. 3.
|Snug as a bug in a rug.|
The Stratford Jubilee. II. 1. 1779. Letter to Miss Georgiana Shipley. September, 1772.
|Something given that way.|
Beaumont and FletcherThe Lovers Progress. Act I. Sc. 1.
|So obliging that he neer obligd.|
PopePrologue to Satires. L. 207.
|Sop to Cerebus.|
If I can find that Cerebus a sop, I shall be at rest for one day.
CongreveLove for Love. Act I. Sc. 1.
|So was hir jolly whistel wel y-wette.|
ChaucerCanterbury Tales. The Reeves Tale. L. 4,155.
|Spare your breath to cool your porridge.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. V. RabelaisWorks. Bk. V. Ch. XXVIII.
|Strike the iron whilst it is hot.|
RabelaisWorks. Bk. II. Ch. XXXI.
|Strike while the iron is hot.|
FarquharThe Beaux Stratagem. Act IV. Sc. 2. ScottThe Fair Maid of Perth. Ch. V. WebsterWestward Ho. III. 2. ChaucerTroylus and Cresseyde. Bk. II. St. 178.
|That was laid on with a trowel.|
As You Like It. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 112.
|The coast was clear.|
|The fats all in the fire.|
CobbeProphecies. Bullens reprint. (1614). MarstonWhat You Will. (1607). The Balancing Captain. Whole poem quoted by Walpole in a letter to Mann, Nov. 2, 1741.
|The finest edge is made with the blunt whetstone.|
LylyEuphues. Arbers Reprint. (1579). P. 47.
|The foule Toade hath a faire stone in his head.|
LylyEuphues. Arbers Reprint. (1579). P. 53.
|The man that heweth over high,|
Some chip falleth in his eye.
Story of Sir Eglamour of Artoys. MSS. in Garrick Collection.
|The more thou stir it the worse it will be.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Bk. III. Ch. VIII.
|The next way homes the farthest way about.|
QuarlesEmblems. Bk. IV. Em. 2. Ep. 2.
|The point is plain as a pike staff.|
John ByromEpistle to a Friend.
|The short and the long of it.|
Merry Wives of Windsor. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 60.
|The total depravity of inanimate things.|
Katherine K. C. WalkerTitle of an Essay in the Atlantic Monthly. Sept., 1864. Mary Abigail DodgeEpigram.
|This is a pretty flimflam.|
Beaumont and FletcherLittle French Lawyer. III. 3.
|Though this may be play to you,|
Tis death to us.
Roger LEstrangeFables. 398.
|Thou will scarce be a man before thy mother.|
Beaumont and FletcherLoves Cure. Act II. Sc. 2.
| Three things are men most likely to be cheated in, a horse, a wig, and a wife.|
Benj. FranklinPoor Richard. 1736.
|Through thick and thin, both over bank and bush.|
SpenserFaerie Queene. Bk. III. Canto I. St. 17.
|Through thick and thin, both over Hill and Plain.|
Du BartasDivine Weekes and Workes. Second Week. Fourth Day. Bk. IV.
|Through thick and thin.|
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto II. L. 370. CowperJohn Gilpin. DraytonNymphidia. DrydenAbsalom and Achitophel. Pt. II. L. 414. KempNine Days Wonder. MiddletonThe Roaring Girl. Act IV. Sc. 2. PopeDunciad. Bk. II.
|Though last, not least in love.|
Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 189. Although the last, not least. King Lear. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 85. SpenserColin Clout. L. 444.
|Thursday come, and the week is gone.|
|Tis as cheap sitting as standing.|
SwiftPolite Conversation. Dialogue I.
|Tis a stinger.|
Thos. MiddletonMore Dissemblers Besides Women. Act III. Sc. 2.
|Tis in grain, sir, twill endure wind and weather.|
Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 253.
|Tis neither here nor there.|
Othello. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 58.
|To rise with the lark, and go to bed with the lamb.|
BretonCourt and Country. (1618).
|To take the nuts from the fire with the dogs foot.|
HerbertJacula Prudentum. Tirer les marrons de la patte du chat. To pull the chestnuts from the fire with the cats paw. MolièreLÉtourdi. Act III. 6.
|Turn over a new leaf.|
BurkeLetter to Miss Haviland. Thos. DekkerThe Honest Whore. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 1. Also A Health to the Gentlemanly Profession of Serving-Men. (1598). MiddletonAnything for a Quiet Life. Act III. Sc. 3.
|Two heads are better than one.|
HeywoodProverbs. Pt. I. Ch. IX.
|Walls have tongues, and hedges ears.|
SwiftPastoral Dialogue. L. 7. HazlittEnglish Proverbs, etc. (Ed. 1869). P. 446. Wode has erys, felde has sigt. King Edward and the Shepherd, MS. (Circa 1300). Felde hath eyen, and wode hath eres. ChaucerCanterbury Tales. The Knights Tale. L. 1,522. Fieldes have eies and woodes have eares. HeywoodProverbes. Pt. II. Ch. V.
Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 146.
| What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh.|
PilpayThe Two Fishermen. Fable XIV. It will never come out of the flesh thats bred in the bone. JonsonEvery Man in his Humour. Act I. Sc. 1.
|What is not in a man cannot come out of him surely.|
GoetheHerman and Dorothea. Canto III. L. 3.
| What is sauce for the goose is sauce for a gander.|
Tom BrownNew Maxims. P. 123.
|What is the matter with Kansas?|
W. A. White. Title of an editorial in the Emporia Gazette, August 15, 1896.
|What mares nest hast thou found?|
Beaumont and FletcherBonduca. IV. 2.
| What you would not have done to yourselves, never do unto others.|
Alexander Severus. See also Golden Rule. Matthew. VII. 12.
|When a dog is drowning, every one offers him drink.|
|Where McGregor sits, there is the head of the table.|
Quoted in American Scholar by Emerson. Attributed to The McGregor, a Highland Chief.
| Whether the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it goes ill with the pitcher.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Vol. II. Ch. XLIII.
|Which he by hook or crook has gatherd|
And by his own inventions fatherd.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. III. Canto I. L. 109.
|Whistle, and Ill come to you, my lad.|
BurnsWhistle, and Ill Come to You.
|Whistle, and shell come to you.|
Beaumont and FletcherWit Without Money. Act IV. Sc. 4.
|Wind puffs up empty bladders; opinion, fools.|
|With tooth and nail.|
Du BartasDivine Weekes and Workes. First Week. Second Day.
|Within a stones throw of it.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. III. Ch. IX.
|Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.|
| Why, then, do you walk as if you had swallowed a ramrod?|
EpictetusDiscourses. Ch. XXI.
|You shall never want rope enough.|
RabelaisWorks. Prologue to the Fifth Book.
|You whirled them to the back of beyont.|