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List of English Proverbs - Y

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

1.  You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Explanation: Someone who is already set their ways is not able to learn new ways of doing things.

2.  You cannot lose what you never had.
Explanation: Used in consolation or resignation.

3. You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs.
Explanation: Often used in the context of regrettable political necessity which is said to be justified because it will benefit the majority.  
4. You never miss the water till the well runs dry.
Explanation: Applied to situation in which it is only when a source of support or sustenance has been withdrawn that its importance is understood.
5.  You never know what you can do till you try.
Explanation:  Often used as encouragement to the reluctant.
6.  You can't win them all.
Explanation: Used as an expression of consolation or resignation.

7.  You win a few, you lose a few.
Explanation: One has to accept failure as well as success and used as an expression of consolation or resignation. 
8.  Youth must be served.
Explanation:  Some indulgence should be given to the wishes and enthusiasms of youth. 


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