Proverbs A - Z
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What do these proverbs mean?
Bad news travels fast.
(Whenever something bad happens, people find out about it quickly because everyone talks about it.)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
(The concept of beauty varies among people. People have different ideas about what is beautiful and what isn't.)
Beggars can't be choosers.
(If you are given something out of need, don't complain or ask for something else if you don't like what you get.)
Behind every great man there is a great woman.
(A successful man owes a great deal of his success to his wife or his girlfriend, or possibly his mother.)
Better late than never.
(It's better to do something late than not to do something.)
Better safe than sorry.
(It's better to be careful than to take risks or chances. Someone who is careful takes longer to do something or spends more money, but that might be a smarter course of action.)
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
(It's better to do business with a bad person you know than a bad person you don't know.)
Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
(It's better to have been in a love relationship than never to have had the experience--even if the loss of a love relationship leads to heartache.)
Big fish eat little fish.
(People who are powerful can do whatever they want to do to people who are powerless or don't have any money.)
Birds of a feather flock together.
(People with similar interests find each other.)
Blood is thicker than water.
(Family relationships are more important than non-family relationships. There's usually a strong bond among people in a family.)
Boys will be boys.
(Sometimes boys' bad or odd behavior can only be explained by the fact that they are boys. They're rough; they fight; and they get into trouble.)
Brevity is the soul of wit.
(It's best to say something meaningful with as few words as possible.)
Business before pleasure.
(Take care of business first and then you can have a good time later.)
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