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What is the well known proverb to say “Be a king of kings, not a king of slaves, let alone a slave of slaves”?

I am looking for a proverb that conveys the following meaning: Be a king of kings, not a king of slaves, let alone a slave of slaves Is it the following understandable? Be a big fish in a big ...
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An idiom for “Until you punish the offender, they will not give up offenses”

In writing I've come across an idiom of my language that means: Until you punish the offender, they will not give up offenses. What is the English idiom for this? Let me add some explanation to ...
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When one problem is added to the previous one

Let's assume has a big problem and is dealing with it. While he has not solved the first problem, another problem comes up and adds to the previous one. I wonder how you would explain this situation ...
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When one has a spouse that they do not deserve him / her

There is a hyperbole which says always a best husband/wife belongs to somebody who really doesn't deserve him/her! For instance, a quite gorgeous girl with a high educational degree and good family, ...
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Need (destitution) makes the strongest people foxlike

I wonder if there is any English proverb alluding to this fact that destitution and poverty (generally 'need'), makes strongest and the most powerful people to act in a different (always negative) way?...
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Is there an idioms for “nothing is yet clear”

I usually say that something is not clear yet like "it is still in the wind" when something is uncertain. Is there any English idiom or proverb that describe this saying?
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Is there an idiom or proverb that implies simplicity is good?

Is there an idiom or proverb that implies simplicity is good? I was trying to find some idioms or proverbs that implied simplicity is good, and I was looking for some idioms or proverbs that implied ...
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What is the most common sarcastic response to something you already know?

How sarcastically imply someone who is trying to teach you something that you are well aware in that case Edited: I am going to find an up-to-date English metaphorical and sarcastic expression or ...
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An English equivalent for “all truth will not bear telling”

We all believe that telling the truth is fine. But sometimes there are some occasions in which you'de better keep someone in the dark about something (possibly on their own or someone else's favor) or ...
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An expression / a proverb to say: “liars often forget what they said”

As you may confronted some liars, you possibly would confirm that usually they forget what they have made-up and then related to you in the past and it's not unlekely that once they will forget in the ...
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An expression/idiom/proverb to say “losing a small amount would be much better than losing everything”

Is there any common English expression, idiom or proverb which implies: Stop and accept a small loss, rather than continue and risk losing everything. When someone is losing or possibly would lose ...
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A person lacking money who shows off a lot

There is a proverb in our language which is used when someone tries to show off and pretend to be very rich and also try to spend much money, and somehow prepare well-brand clothes to keep up with the ...
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A saying / an expression to say: “most of the problems occure to the weakest people”

There is a proverbial sentence in our culture which says: Every obstacle is often on the way of (the weakest / the most poore etc.) people. (literal translation) Connotation: it means ...
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A proverb/an expression to convey “a tendency towards a very big and unrealistic objective can be indicative of a failure”

In the old times, when it came to a match between our ancient wrestlers, the participants in order to define the strongest ones used to grab a rock and raise it to gain more popularity; but prior to ...
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“Put a spoke in sb's wheel” Vs “Throw/put a (monkey) wrench in the works”

The English expressions: throw a spanner in the works put a spanner in the works throw a (monkey) wrench in the works Mean: to do something that prevents a plan or activity ...
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A proverb about the belief that “there is a downhill for every uphill”

Is there any fixed saying in English which can encompass the mesaage that you should not get proud of what you have or what you are; because as you got famous/wealthy/etc. you might get weak or poor......
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Even some useless stuff would be of use some day

Is there any common idiom or expression in English which can convey such a message that: anything that is of no use, will be used someday for sure. It is a translated proverb which believes do not ...
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An equivalent English saying for “Those who are more humble and calm are more knowledgeable”

How would you normally convey the following message throgh a fixed saying: Those who are quiet and seem to be more humble, may belong very deep knowledge or even very strong feelings. Note: It's not ...
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To say something indirecty to someone through telling it to a third person

Please imagine the person "A" is not going to tell something directly to the person "B" in a company. "A" says it to "C" who has a more friendly relations with "A", but in the manner that "C" (who is ...
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An equivalent for the proverb “A creaking door hangs longest or…”

Please have a look on the following scenarios and let me know what is the current English equivalent for the meaning in my question that can be used to fill in the blanks: Please imagine a couple ...
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Cut your coat according to your cloth

I have found two similar sayings in English which say: undertake only what you have the money or ability to do and no more. But apparantly they work only in British English, whilst I need something ...
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A proverb / an expression to imply: “One can manage their own affairs”

Is there any idiom / expression or proverb in English which can imply the situation that someone can manage their own affairs in rather severe conditions? For instance, a) I'm going to go ...
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When someone suddenly loses their everything

Is there any idiom / expression in English which can imply the situation in which someone due to some bad happenings suddenly and quickly plummets from the height of success and glory to the depth of ...
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An English equivalent for the proverbial sentence: “if gold rusts, what will iron do?!”

I've been looking for a proverbial sentence which literally says: People usually sprinkle salt on "every perishable thaink" that is going bad or has started to rot! But, imagine the case when ...
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A proverb / an expression to imply: “Enough is as good as a feast” or “Too much spoil, too little doesn't satisfy”

Please imagine a situation that a person goes too far in doing something and in another task they son't put enough effort! Or a cook who's making a food and salts a it too much, and the other food ...
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The meaning of “corruption of the best is the worst of all”

I have searched the web and found out that the proverbial sentence the corruption of the best is the worst of all has some Latin roots: Corruptio optimi pessima. Which apparantly is ...
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There's many a slip twixt the cup and the lip

There is a proverb in my language which says: While there is big gap between now and the future and anything can happen in this time gap, so things can change in this period of time. Therefore, we ...
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Many experiences in many occasions are needed for a person in order to be counted as wise

There is a proverbial hemistich in my language about a person who is not well-experienced yet. It says: An unexperienced person should travel a lot in order to be wiser / experienced. [literal ...
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A proverb to imply two people cannot get along together

For two people who usually don't get along and often argue for any insignificant matter or in general don't see eye to eye, there is a proverb in our language which says: Their water does not ...
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When you are looking for someone or something far away while it has been just beside you

Please imagine you're looking for something or somebody; you go around everywhere and are asking everyone in sorrounding area to find out whther they know where it/he/she... is! After awhile (it can ...
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A person who is potentially able to do something, but just doesn't find the needed situation to perform what they want

In my language, when there is a capable or malicious or any other person who is potentialy able to do something ("usually" a negative act), but they just don't have the needed requirements to do what ...
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The current equivalent for the proverb: “No fish-seller cries stinking fish”

Please imagine: A sales person / manufacturing company's directing manager ets. is marketing their recently produced goods or any other product in order to either be sold or be launched into the ...
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A proverb to imply the message that: “To all mothers their children seem to be the most beautiful”

As we all well aware about mothers emotions toward their children since birthgiving up to the end! Usually, all mothers think deep down inside that their children are the most beautiful and no other ...
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An expression or idiom to describe “magnifying” a news or an occurance

How would you call the action of someone who hears a news, magnifies it and then transmits it to someone else which would resault in an untrue story about (somebody / an event) comparing the original ...
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A proverb that is used to imply that you have unexpectedly faced a big problem

What would you say when unexpectedly finding yourself in big trouble while everything itself is not going very well and an irrevocable, unpleasant happening takes place suddenly in the manner that you ...
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The same old wine in new bottle

I need to figure out how a native would describe this situation? Let's suppose someone is packaging current or old ideas and practices in a way which makes them appear to be modern/innovative, ...
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An unlucky person whose fortune doesn't favor them

Please imagine a person who is usually unlucky! The peron faces another unlucky situation and wants to criticize it and make a pejorative remark about his luck and relate his belief about the lack of ...
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“Once bitten, twice shy” Vs “A burnt child, dreads fire”

I need to know which one of the following synonymous proverbs is widely used by American English speakers: Once bitten, twice shy. A burnt child, dreads fire. I don't know whether they ...
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Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

I am looking for an English equivalent for a proverb of my language which says: "A wolf (a bad person) will never laugh at you, but it wants to get something (an achievment) from you". I have found a ...
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A crow is never whiter for washing itself often

There is a proverb in my language which says: "Finally, a wolf's cub, would be grow up as a wolf, although it is rised along with a human being." For more clarification, please consider the following ...
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An old fox understands the trap

Is the proverb "an old fox understands the trap" considered as a common English proverb? If yes, what does it exactly mean? If no, what is the exact equivalent for that in everyday speech?
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Idioms for { repairment is costlier than the price of new }

We often come across situations like: Investment is costlier than profit. Repairment is costlier than the price of new. I actually want to ask that if there any idiom or Proverb exists in English ...
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Is there an idiom about how humanely killing something is better than letting it live in pain?

The thing in question can be a wounded animal or a dysfunctional relationship. In mild sense, it can be an object or idea that requires a lot of investment for it, and when it turns out that it not ...
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Why “The pump don't work …” correct here?

"The pump don't work 'Cause the vandals took the handle." -- Bob Dylan I came across this sentence in a book. It looks like the author quoted that sentence written by Bob Dylan -- who might be a ...
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Idiom for trying to avoid misfortune, but it happens anyway

Is there an idiom, proverb or expression in English describing a situation in which a person is trying really hard to avoid misfortune (by taking precautions) but what exactly he`s trying to distance ...
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Is there a proverb with the meaning never/nobody knows when?

I need a proverb with ironical sense. To answer a "when" question with the meaning never or nobody knows when. for example, in Russian it will be like - когда рак на горе свистнет. I'm interested in ...
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Describing a person who changing his opinion too frequent

Is there a proverb describing a person who changing his opinion too frequent? Need a proverb which will have a bit negative meaning to describe a person who is inconsistent in his opinions.
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Proverb - If someone inadvertently makes their life worse

Let’s say someone takes a wrong decision instead of thinking clearly, which leads him to another wrong decision and on and on. I heard that there is a proverb - "give him enough rope to hang himself". ...
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proverb: A man's home is his castle [closed]

I'd like to know whether the following scenario illustrates the proverb, "A man's home is his castle." Sir Henry Pellatt was a wealthy Canadian businessman. He ordered the construction of Casa Loma,...
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need a proverb for “not to stoop to a lower level”

I am looking for a proverb describing not to stoop oneself to another person's "level". A similar proverb is "If you lie down with a dog, you'll get up with fleas" but this is not exactly what I ...