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List of English Proverbs - A (Part 1)

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

1.  A bad excuse is better than none. 
Explanation: It is better to attempt to give some kind of explanation even a weak one.

2. A bad workman blames his tools. 
Explanation: Often used as a comment on someone 's excuses for their lack of success.   

3. A barking dog never bites.
Explanation: Noisy threats often do not indicate real danger.  

4. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Explanation: It is better to accept what one has than to try to get more and risk losing everything.

5. A burnt child dreads the fire.
Explanation:The memory of past hurt may act as a safeguard in the future.

6.  A carpenter is known by his chips.
Explanation: The nature of a person's occupation or interest is demonstrated by the traces left behind.   
7. A cat may look at a king.
Explanation:  Even someone in a lowly position has a right to observe a person of power and influence.

8. A clean conscience is a good pillow.
Explanation: A clear conscience enables its possessor to sleep soundly.  

9.  A fox may grow grey, but never good.
Explanation:  Ageing will not change a person's essential nature.

10. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Explanation:  Awareness of one’s own guilt has the same effect as an accusation

11. A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.
Explanation: The slightest hint is enough to convey one's meaning in a particular case.

12.  A shut mouth catches no flies.
Explanation: A warning against the dangers of idle talk. 

13. A stitch in time saves time.
Explanation: A small timely intervention will ensure against the need for much more substantial repair later.  

14. A tree is known by its fruit.
Explanation:A person is judged by what they do and produce.

15. A trouble shared is a trouble halved.
Explanation: Discussing a problem will lessen its impact. 



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