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One's own pedal proves a crocodile. (Bengalese).
The crocodile lying motionless on the shore re
sembles a log of wood from which a household
pedal is formed.
Out of God's blessing into the warm sun. (Englis
"To jump out of the frying-pan into the fire."
(English). “Good King, that must approve the common saw, Thou out of heaven's benediction comest To the warm Sun."-SHAKESPEARE: King Lear.
People who have their ears above their heads. (Haytian).
People who are obstinate and insubordinate.
Spoken ironically to one who attempts to perform
Send dog, and dog sends tail. (Trinidad Creole).
Applied to those who act by proxy.
Shake the salt off and throw the meat to the dog. (Hebrew).
As salt preserves meat, so the soul preserves the
body. When death comes and the soul takes its flight nothing remains but a worthless body.
She is fond of gape seed. (English).
She is fond of staring at everyone she meets and at
everything she sees.
Something must be done to become white. (Spanish).
Something must be done to restore his good name.
powdering of the face in order to give it a fairer
Tak' up the steik in your stocking. (Scotch).
Reform your life. “Turn over a new leaf.”
Thursdays and not before.
The work will pay for itself. The proverb is used
in referring to men who receive a part or all of the proceeds of their labour as a compensation for their services.
The black ox hath not trod on his foot. (English).
The black ox represents any kind of misfortune or
trouble. “Venus waxeth old: and then she was a pretie
wench, when Juno was a young wife; now crow's foote is on her eye, and the black oxe hath trod
on her foot.”—John Lyly.
The boat on the cart, and the cart on the boat. (Benga
stream and the cart sometimes transports the
The bully takes twenty twentieths. (Urdu).
"I carry off the chief share because I am called the lion."-Phædrus.
The crow has a maid servant in autumn. (Gaelic).
The man keeps more servants than he requires. The goat met the water and wetted his whiskers. (Ara
He became over indulgent because of opportunity. The harelip is taken for a dimple. (Japanese).
Used to indicate the blindness of love. The hand is shallow but the throat is deep. (New Zea.
He is too lazy to work, but he is a great eater. The horse and the head are together. (Osmanli).
The man on horseback bends forward so that his
head is near that of the horse. The saying is applied to people who seem to have
few difficulties or troubles.
The needle, borax, and a good man—these three repair
soldering metal, and a good man for healing
The Passover is celebrated within the house and the
chanting is carried outside. (Hebrew).
happiness spreads to those outside.
There is no warmth, the garment is too small.
Meaning that the war party is not large.
The remedy of one is two. (Hindustani).
If force is required to restrain a furious man, it
should be the force of two.
There's my thoom, I'll ne'er beguile thee. (Scotch).
“It was an old custom in Scotland, when lovers
plighted their troth, to lick the thumbs of each other's right hands, which they pressed together and vowed fidelity.”—Andrew Cheviot.
There went but a pair of shears between this and that.
from the same piece of cloth.
The sail-arm of the windmill does not turn unless it is
money is given.
The teeth are not the heart. (Martinique Creole).
The exposure of the teeth in laughter does not
always indicate that the heart is merry. The third tongue slays three: the speaker, the spoken to,
and the spoken of. (Hebrew).
By the third tongue is meant the tongue of slander.
version of the Bible, and also in Syriac. Slander
The writing written on the forehead never fails. (Telugu).
This saying originated in the Hindoo belief that
every man's fate is recorded in the sutures of the skull.
They met the blacksmith on the road and said, “ Make a knife for us." (Assamese). They asked a blacksmith to ply his trade away
from his forge. The saying is used in referring to untimely requests.
They shall pull us! They shall pull us! Then we shall sleep without fire. (Oji-West Africa). "West Africans, who have scanty clothing, sleep by the side of a fire during the colder nights of
When troubled by the smoke, they
order a slave, or some one handy, to remove the cause of offence. If, however, this is done too often, the fire will disappear and the cold will become more troublesome than the smoke was. The proverb warns men to choose the lesser of two evils, not to incur the risk of a greater for the purpose of ridding oneself of the smaller trouble." -Richard F. Burton.
Thou hast added water, add flour also. (Hebrew).
You have asked many questions, now say something
that is worth listening to.
Today drunk with fun, tomorrow the paddle. (Mauritius
when neglect of duty was followed by punish-
To reckon another's buttons. (Spanish).
The saying contains an allusion to a skilful fencer
who is able to strike any part of his antagonist's body, and is applied to people who are shrewd in dealing with others.
To say “I” is the devil's affair. (Osmanli).
An egotist is the product of the devil.
Two to one I shall change myself to a crane. (Spanish).
If my antagonist is superior to me in strength, there
are two chances to one that I will retreat.
What comes over the devil's back goes under his belly.
profit the possessor and may bring much trouble. “By my faith,' said Cleveland, thou takest so
kindly to the trade, that all the world may see that no honest man was spoiled when you were made a pirate. But you shall not prevail on me to go farther in the devil's road with you; for you know yourself that what is got over his back is spent-you wot how.'"-SIR WALTER Scott: The Pirate.