Do You Know What These Famous English Proverbs Mean?
Which of these other proverbs is closest in meaning to the following proverb? "Better late than never."
- All good things come to an end.
- The early bird catches the worm.
- Good things must come to those who wait.
- Time is money.
A good example of a situation in which a person might say, "Two wrongs don't make a right," would be...
- When Jill and Sally both miss the same question on the history quiz.
- When Jill has hurt Sally very badly, and Sally wants to retaliate.
- When Jill misses Sally after not seeing her for several months.
- When Jill and Sally foolishly invest all of their money into a financial venture they didn't take the time to research.
Actions speak louder than words. In other words,...
- Most people are hypocrites.
- It can be hard to express how much you love a person.
- You shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you.
- You should judge people by what they do rather than what they say.
Ellen sees that you're struggling with a problem and offers to help. You say, "Sure...
- "Don't count your chickens before they hatch."
- "Two heads are better than one."
- "Honesty is the best policy."
- "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Which of these other proverbs is closest in meaning to the following proverb? "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
- Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Birds of a feather flock together.
- There's no place like home.
- The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Which of these other proverbs is closest in meaning to the following proverb? "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst."
- A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Better safe than sorry.
- Practice what you preach.
- The grass is always greener on the other side.
Which of these other proverbs most nearly means the opposite of the following proverb? "Many hands make light work."
- Never put all your eggs in one basket.
- Beggars can't be choosers.
- Easy come, easy go.
- Too many cooks spoil the broth.
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. In other words...
- Imperfect people shouldn't bad mouth others, since it's easy to bad mouth them in turn.
- Real men live in log cabins.
- People with the same background and interests tend to hang out together.
- If you're mean to everyone, you'll never get what you want.
Someone might say, "Never judge a book by its cover," in response to someone else who said...
- "Her nickname may be 'Nutmeg,' but Maggie actually hates the taste of the spice."
- "Janet's clothes are really expensive. She must be really snobby."
- "John was really mean to me the other day."
- "I know people say, 'It takes two to tango,' but I swear, the fight was all Bob's fault!"
Which of these other proverbs is closest in meaning to the following proverb? "Practice makes perfect."
- Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
- God helps those who help themselves.
- Still waters run deep.
- Too many cooks spoil the broth.
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There's no time like the present to take this quiz on classic English proverbs. A proverb is a short saying that expresses a general truth or gives advice. The sayings have been repeated often enough to become cliche. You may have heard such proverbial wisdom from your parents, teachers, or maybe even at a church service! Have you used any of these cliche phrases? After all, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.