By John Simpson, Jennifer Speake
This detailed and authoritative dictionary comprises over 1,100 of the main regularly occurring proverbs in English and makes use of study from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's biggest language databank. This variation has been revised and completely up-to-date and comprises a variety of completely new entries. It additionally good points extended insurance of international language proverbs presently in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of utilization, together with the earliest written facts of its use, this A-Z guide
provides a radical - and interesting - historical past for each access. prepared in A-Z layout and with an invaluable thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is perfect for looking and ideally fitted for fast reference. search for your previous favourites, research punchy new expressions to get your aspect throughout, and find
the resolution to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: locate proverbs appropriate to each point of lifestyles during this interesting and informative assortment.
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Weather lore architect see EVERY man is the architect of his own fortune. arm see KINGS have long arms; STRETCH your arm no further than your sleeve will reach; YORKSHIRE born and Yorkshire bred, strong in the arm and weak in the head. An ARMY marches on its stomach The proverb has been attributed to both Napoleon and Frederick the Great; this figurative use of (on one’s) stomach is unusual in English. 1904 Windsor Magazine Jan. ’ These Napoleonic aphorisms.. have been increasingly appreciated by our War Office.
1979 G. MITCHELL Mudflats of Dead iii. ‘Stop worrying. ’ wrong-doers BAD things come in threes Bad things may be specified as accidents, deaths, or other mishaps; cf. MISFORTUNES never come singly. This is a well-attested folk superstition on both sides of the Atlantic: 1891 Notes & Queries 7th Ser. XII. 489 One of my servants having accidentally broken a glass shade, asked for two other articles of little value, a wine bottle and jam crock, that she might break them, and so prevent the two other accidents.
Acorn see GREAT oaks from little acorns grow. act see THINK global, act local. ACTIONS speak louder than words First recorded in its current form in the United States. 1628 J. PYM Speech 4 Apr. in Hansard Parliamentary Hist. England (1807) II. 274 ‘A word spoken in season is like an Apple of Gold set in Pictures of Silver,’ and actions are more precious than words. 1736 Melancholy State of Province in A. M. Davis Colonial Currency (1911) III. 137 Actions speak louder than Words, and are more to be regarded.
A Dictionary of Proverbs by John Simpson, Jennifer Speake