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List of English Proverbs - B


1.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Explanation: Beauty is not judged objectively, but according to the beholder’s estimation.
2.  Beauty is only skin deep
Explanation: Physical beauty is no guarantee of a good character or temperament.

3.  Better are small fish than an empty dish.
Explanation: A little is preferable to nothing at all.

4.  Better be safe than sorry.
Explanation: Urging the wisdom of taking precautions.

5.  Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.

Explanation: Take advantage of what is available now, rather than waiting for possible advantages later. 

6.  Better late than never
Explanation:  Even if one missed the first chance o doing something, it is better to attempt it than no to do it at all.

7.  Better the devil you know than the devil you don't
Explanation: Understanding of the nature of a danger may give one an advantage and is preferable to something which is completely unknown and which may well be worse. 

8.  Birds of the same feather flock together.
Explanation: People of the same (usually unscrupulous) character tend to associate.

9.   Business before pleasure.
Explanation: Often used to encourage a course of action.

10.   Blue are the hills that are far away. 
Explanation: A distant view lends enchantment.

11.  Blood is thicker than water.
Explanation: In the end family ties will always count.

12.  Beggars can't be choosers.
Explanation: Someone who is destitute is in no position to criticize what may be offered. 

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