By John Simpson, Jennifer Speake
This particular and authoritative dictionary includes over 1,100 of the main accepted proverbs in English and makes use of examine from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's greatest language databank. This version has been revised and entirely up-to-date and comprises a number of completely new entries. It additionally beneficial properties increased assurance of overseas language proverbs at present in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of utilization, together with the earliest written proof of its use, this A-Z guide
provides a radical - and engaging - historical past for each access. prepared in A-Z structure and with an invaluable thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is perfect for looking and ideally fitted for fast reference. search for your outdated favourites, research punchy new expressions to get your aspect throughout, and find
the resolution to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: locate proverbs proper to each point of lifestyles during this wonderful and informative assortment.
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It was vital to him to get the reins back into his own hands again. ’ 1979 D. LESSING Shikasta 2661 said, Running things, what’s the point? He said, If you can’t beat them, join them! 1996 Washington Times 2 July B8 Having taken it on the chin so convincingly, brokers have decided that, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. 2002 Washington Times 26 Feb. ’ enemies; self-preservation beat see also one ENGLISHMAN can beat three Frenchmen; it is easy to find a STICK to beat a dog; a WOMAN, a dog, and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the better they be.
1821 SCOTT Pirate I. iv. As the Scotsman’s howf [refuge] lies right under your lee, why, take any port in a storm. 1965 J. PORTER Dover Three ii. It was not quite the sort of company with which Dover would mix from choice but, as the jolly sailors say, any port in a storm. 1983 M. BOND Monsieur Pamplemousse iv. On the principle of any port in a storm he made a dive for the nearest cubicle. , 1878 Minutes Proceedings of Institute of Civil Engineers li. 8 (13 Nov. 1877 session) It is found that anything that can go wrong at sea generally does go wrong sooner or later.
SIMS in H. Watson Winter Crimes 12 158 The Benningworth family motto Esse quam videri, ‘To be rather than to seem to be’. appearance bean see CANDLEMAS day, put beans in the clay, put candles and candle-sticks away. BEAR and forbear Cf. EPICTETUS Fragments X. be patient and endure; ERASMUS Adages II. vii. 13 sustine et abstine. 1573 T. TUSSER Husbandry (rev. ) II. 12V Both beare and forbeare, now and then as ye may, then wench God a mercy [reward you], thy husband will say. 1688 BUNYAN Discourse of Building, &c.
A Dictionary of Proverbs by John Simpson, Jennifer Speake