Top 10 English Proverbs You Must Know
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Top 10 English Proverbs You Must Know

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English is the International language that connects us across the world. The English language’s flexibility is one of its biggest features. It has a massive vocabulary and is continually acquiring new words while also infiltrating foreign languages. There are over 750,000 words in English.

So, today, we will talk about some English Idioms/proverbs/phrases that can be used in our day to day conversations to provide us with a unique and innovative method to express ourselves.

  • Strike while the iron is hot: This is a very common proverb used commonly by all. The expression indicates to seize an opportunity as soon as possible. For eg: Seema struck while the iron was hot and got a salary hike from her boss.
  • You can’t have your cake and eat it too: The statement suggests that you cannot have both desired and contradicting possibilities. For eg: Neil wanted to eat his cake and eat it too – By planning a birthday party for his mother and partying with friends.
  • Don’t make a mountain out of an anthill: The phrase refers to those who become agitated over minor issues. For eg: Ira made a fight with her boss into a mountain out of an anthill.
  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you: The term describes someone behaving harshly or ungratefully toward someone on whom they rely. For eg: Love and respect your parents, and don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
  • The squeaky wheel gets the grease: The expression refers to someone who complains a lot because it gets them more attention. For eg: Mila enjoys fighting as the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
  • You made your bed, now you have to lie in it: The proverb means accepting the unfavourable consequences of one’s actions. For eg: Jim warned Sara about the consequences of going against his back. She had made her bed and now she will have to lie in it.
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss: A person who does not settle in one place will not collect wealth, position, obligations, or commitments, according to the proverb. For eg: Sally has been between jobs so much that she is like a rolling stone that gathers no moss.
  • Still waters run deep: A quiet or tranquil demeanour might disguise a passionate nature, according to the proverb. For eg: Dan speaks rarely but when he does, his still waters run deep.
  • No news is good news: The expression suggests that unless there is evidence to the contrary, you can assume that everything is well. For eg: When we don’t get a news update about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it’s a sign that no news is good news.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining: The idiom states every unpleasant or sad circumstance has a more pleasant or hopeful side, even if this is not immediately evident. For eg: After tons of job rejections, Reema stayed on the path since every cloud has a silver lining.

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