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List of English Proverbs - W

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