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List of English Proverbs - B

A range of English Proverbs with explanation, listed in alphabetical order by phrase. This page contains English Proverbs that start with letter 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 of 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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