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List of English Proverbs - A (Part 2)

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 creaking door hangs longest. 
Explanation: Someone who is apparently in poor health may well cultivate the ostensibly stronger. 

2. A drowning man will clutch at a straw.  
Explanation: When hope is slipping away one grasps at the slightest chance. 

3. A hedge between keeps friendship green. 
Explanation: It is wise to have a clear boundary between neighbors.

4. An idle brain is the devil's workshop. 
Explanation: Those who do not apply themselves to their work are most likely to get into trouble.

5. An ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept.
Explanation: A small amount of practical assistance is worth more than a great deal of advice.  

6.  A penny saved is a penny earned.
Explanation: Used as an encouragement to be thrifty.   

7. All’s well that end well. 
Explanation: Often used with the implication that difficulties have been successfully negotiated. 

8. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. 
Explanation: Warning against a lifestyle without any form of relaxation.

9.  All that glitters is not gold.
Explanation:  An attractive appearance is not necessarily evidence of intrinsic value.

10. After a storm comes a calm. 
Explanation:  Often used with the implication that a calm situation is only achieved after stress and turmoil. 

11.  A watched pot never boils. 
Explanation: To pay too close an attention to the development of a desired event appears to inhibit the result.

12. All is fish that comes to the net. 
Explanation: Everything can be used to advantage.

13. A slice off a cut loaf isn't missed. 
Explanation:  If someone has already been diminished or damaged, further damage may go unnoticed. 

14. Appearances are deceptive.
Explanation: The outward form of something may not be a true guide to its real nature.



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