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List of English Proverbs - W


A collection of English Proverbs with explanation.  Listed in alphabetical order by phrase.
This page contains English proverb that starts with W.   

1.  Walls have ears.
Explanation: Care should be taken for possible eavesdroppers.

2. When the cat's away, the mice will play.
Explanation: Many will take advantage of a situation in which rules are not enforced or authority is lacking. 
3.  Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs.
Explanation: Both trees are traditionally slow growing, so that the benefit will be felt by future generations.

4. We must learn how to walk before we can run.
Explanation A solid foundation is necessary for faster progress.
5.  Where bees are, there is honey.
Explanation: Industrious work is necessary to create riches.
6.  Where there’s a will there is a way.
Explanation: Anything can be done if one has sufficient determination
7. Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Explanation: Often used to advise against carrying out work which can be done for you by somebody else.
8.  What's breed in the bone will come out in the flesh.
Explanation: Inherent characteristics will in the end become apparent. 



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