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PROVERBIAL PHRASE
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To pound water in a mortar.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To pour oil upon the waters.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To pour water into a sieve.
      - (Dutch) [Proverbial Phrases]

To pour water on a drowned mouse.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To pray to the saint until the danger is past.
      - (Spanish) [Proverbial Phrases]

To promise more butter than bread.
      - (French) [Proverbial Phrases]

To promise more carts than oxen.
      - (Italian) [Proverbial Phrases]

To pull down the house for the sake of the mortar.
      - (Italian) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put a good face on a bad game.
      - (French) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put a racehorse to the plough.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To put a spoke in one's wheel.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To put bread into a cold oven.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put his finger on his lips. [To refuse to reveal what he knows.]
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put his tail between his legs.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put in a needle and take out a bar.
      - (Spanish) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put on one's doublet before one's shirt.
      - (Italian) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put on the mask of a dancer when wearing the toga. [To do that which is out of place and inconsistent.]
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put one's best foot foremost.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To put one's nose out of joint.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To put out the fire with tow.
      - (Italian) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put salt on a bird's tail.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To put the cart before the horse.
      - (Dutch, Italian, Latin)
        [Proverbial Phrases]

To put the plough before the oxen.
      - (French) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put the same shoe on every foot.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put water into a basket.
      - (Dutch) [Proverbial Phrases]

To put your finger into another man's pie.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To quarrel over a straw.
      - (Dutch) [Proverbial Phrases]

To quarrel with his little finger.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To quench fire with fire.
      - (Spanish) [Proverbial Phrases]

To quench fire with oil.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To rain upon the wet.
      - (Portuguese) [Proverbial Phrases]

To re-open a wound.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To reckon without one's host.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To reckon without one's hostess.
      - (Portuguese) [Proverbial Phrases]

To reckon without the hostess.
      - (Spanish) [Proverbial Phrases]

To repel force by force.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To rob Peter to pay Paul.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To row in the same boat.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To row together, or in time. [To act in unison.]
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To run with the hard and hunt with the hounds.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To run with the hare and hold with the hounds.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To sacrifice certain for speculative profit.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To satisfy one's wants at a small cost.
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To save at the spiggot, and let it run out at the bong-hole.
      - (German) [Proverbial Phrases]

To save at the spigot and let it run out of the bunghole.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To save for old age, earning a maravedi and drinking three.
      - (Spanish) [Proverbial Phrases]

To see the sky through a funnel.
      - (Spanish) [Proverbial Phrases]

To see which way the cat jumps.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

To seek for a knot in a bulrush.
  [Lat., Nodum in scirpo quaerere.]
      - (Latin) [Proverbial Phrases]

To sell a cat for a hare.
      - (Portuguese, Spanish) [Proverbial Phrases]


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