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PROVERBIAL PHRASES
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To wipe up the sea with a sponge.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

To wolf's flesh dog's teeth.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese, Spanish)

To work for the bishop.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To worry hornets.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To wrest the prey from the hungry lion.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Tooth and nail.
      - Proverb

Unbought feasts.
  [Lat., Dapes inemptae.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Unbought grace.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Up, guards, and at 'em.
      - Proverb

Utter confusion.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

War to the knife.
      - Proverb

Wash a blackamoor white.
      - Proverb

We apples swim.
  [Lat., Nos poma natamus.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Weary of life.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Well-digested hatred.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

When mules breed. [i.e., Never.]
      - Proverb

When the devil is blind.
      - Proverb

When the frog has hair.
      - Proverb

When the Greek Calends come round. [Never.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

When two Sundays come together.
      - Proverb, (German)

When two Sundays meet.
      - Proverb

Whiter than snow.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Willing and able.
  [Lat., Volens et potens.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Willy nilly.
      - Proverb

With all his strength.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

With bad luck.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

With beak and claw.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

With claws and beak.
  [Lat., Unguibus et rostro.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

With good luck.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

With oars and sails.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

With sails and oars.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Worn bare by the helmet.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Worthy of a monument.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

You count the waves. [Labour in vain.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

You rouse the fury of the lion.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Your wife and the sauce at the lance hand (the right hand).
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

A baker's dozen.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works (bk. V, ch. XXII)

To beard the lion in his den,
  The Douglas in his hall.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The game is up.
      - William Shakespeare

The short and the long of it.
      - William Shakespeare

To make a virtue of necessity.
      - William Shakespeare

. . . that was laid on with a trowel.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia at I, ii)

Words, words, words.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

To take up arms against a sea of troubles,
  And, by opposing end them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, i)

To saw the air.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
  To throw a perfume on the violet.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Salisbury at IV, ii)

As like as eggs.
  [As like as two peas.]
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Leontes at I, ii)

As headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Rivals
         (act III, st. 3)

In the name of the Prophet--figs.
      - Horace Smith and James Smith,
        Rejected Addresses--Johnson's Ghost

Like a fish out of water.
  [Lat., Sicut piscis sine aqua caret vita.]
      - Sozemen (Sozomenos Hermias),
        Ecclesiastical History (bk. I, ch. 13),
        attributed to Pope Eugenius


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