English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases
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Proverb 7718

English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases

Collected from the Most Authentic Sources Alphabetically Arranged and Annotated with Much Matter Not Previously Published

Compiled by William Carew Hazlitt

These 10,764 entries feature explanation of the sometimes hidden meanings of folk wisdom—from the ancient to the baudy—repeated unwittingly in contemporary speech.

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A bad bush to A dull ass
A dumb man to A guilty conscience
A hair of the dog to A man, like
A man may be to A small spark
A smiling boy to After this leaf
Against God’s wrath to An atheist
An early winter to As cold as
As comely as to As nimble as
As old as to At length
At marriages to Better lost
Better master to Call not
Cambridgeshire to Creditors have
Credulity thinks to Drumming is not
Drunk as to Everything new
Evil comes to Follow truth
Folly and learning to Goats
God bless to Happy men
Hard fare to He has most
He has none to He loathes
He looks as to He that drinks
He that eats to He that loseth
He that loves to He wants
He warms to Help yourself
Hen pen to I love you
I may see to If the wise
If there be to In hugger-mugger
In little to It is evil
It is for to Justices
Ka me to Lightly come
Like a barber’s to Lost with
Love and a cough to Memory
Men apt to Necessity is
Neck and crop to No wonder
Noble housekeepers to Once warned
One and none to Pigeons’ milk
Pigs fly to Reason teaches
Rebuke with to She will stay
Shear sheep to Spin not
Spit in his mouth to That grief
That horse to The deeper
The devil to The greatest wealth
The green new broom to The nurse’s tongue
The offspring to The wise men
The wit of you to They keep
They love to Tis fortune
Tis God to To gain
To get a cup to To miss
To-morrow-come-never to To think
To throw pearls to Usurers
Vain-glory to What the heart
What tutor to When you ride
Where a man to Wild and stout
Wilful waste to You cast your net
You catch birds to You would spy