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List of English Proverbs - A


A range of English Proverbs with explanation.  Listed in alphabetical order by phrase.
This page contains 30 English Proverb that start with letter A. 

1.  A bad excuse is better than none. 
Explanation: It is better to attempt to give some kind of explanation even a week one.
2.  A bad workman blames his tools.
Explanation: Often used as a comment on someone 's excuses for their lack of success.
3.  A barking dog never bites
Explanation: Noisy threats often do not indicate real danger.
4.  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Explanation: It is better to accept what one has than to try to get more and risk losing everything.
5.  A burnt child dreads the fire.
Explanation: The memory of past hurt may act as a safeguard in the future. 
6.  A carpenter is known by his chips.
Explanation: The nature of a person's occupation or interest is demonstrated by the traces left behind
7.  A cat may look at a king.
Explanation: Even someone in a lowly position has a right to observe a person of power and influence.
8.  A clean conscience is a good pillow.
Explanation: A clear conscience enables its possessor to sleep soundly.
9.  A fox may grow grey, but never good.
Explanation: Ageing will not change a person's essential nature.
10.  A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Explanation: Awareness of one’s own guilt has the same effect as an accusation.
11.  A nod's as good as a wind to a blind horse.
Explanation: The slightest hint is enough to convey one's meaning in a particular case.
12.  A shut mouth catches no flies.
Explanation: A warning against the dangers of idle talk.
13.  A stitch in time saves time.
Explanation: A small timely intervention will ensure against the need for much more substantial repair later.
14.  A tree is known by its fruit.
ExplanationA person is judged by what they do and produce.
15.  A trouble shared is a trouble halved.
Explanation: Discussing a problem will lessen its impact.


English Proverbs With Explanation

16.  A creaking door hangs longest.
Explanation: Someone who is apparently in poor health may well cultivate the ostensibly stronger. 
17.  A drowning man will clutch at a straw. 
Explanation: When hope is slipping away one grasps at the slightest chance. 
18.  A hedge between keeps friendship green. 
Explanation: It is wise to have a clear boundary between neighbours.
19.  An idle brain is the devil's workshop. 
Explanation: Those who do not apply themselves to their work are most likely to get into trouble.  
20.  An ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept
Explanation: A small amount of practical assistance is worth more than a great deal of advice.
21. A penny saved is a penny earned
Explanation: Used as an encouragement to be thrifty.
22.  All’s well that end well. 
Explanation: Often used with the implication that difficulties have been successfully negotiated.
23.  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. 
Explanation: Warning against a lifestyle without any form of relaxation. 
24.   All that glitters is not gold.
Explanation: An attractive appearance is not necessarily evidence of intrinsic value.
25.  After a storm comes a calm. 
Explanation: Often used with the implication that a calm situation is only achieved after stress and turmoil. 
26.  A watched pot never boils. 
Explanation: To pay too close an attention to the development of a desired event appears to inhibit the result.
27. All is fish that comes to the net. 
Explanation: Everything can be used to advantage.
28.  A bleating sheep loses a bite. 
Explanation: Opportunities may be lost through idle hatter. 
29. A slice off a cut loaf isn't missed. 
Explanation: If someone has already been diminished or damaged, further damage may go unnoticed. 
30.  Appearances are deceptive.
Explanation: The outward form of something may not be a true guide to its real nature.

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