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PROVERBIAL PHRASES
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Moche Crye and no Wull.
      - Sir John Fortescue,
        De Laudibus Leg. Anglioe (ch. X)

As innocent as a new-laid egg.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Engaged
         (act I)

Not angles but angels.
  [Lat., Non Angli sed anglei.]
      - Gregory I, the Great (Saint Gregory),
        (Latin)

To build castles in Spain.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

By hooke or crooke.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. XI)

A precious pair of brothers [i.e., rascals].
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

As shines the moon amid the lesser fires.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

To drink away sorrow.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

To give importance to trifling matters.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

To grow a philosopher's beard.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

To say that which is instructive and also pleasing.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Like Theon (i.e., a calumniating disposition).
  [Lat., Dens Theonia.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (bk. I, 18, 82)

To carry timber into the wood.
  [Lat., In silvam ligna ferre.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 10, 24)

Bag and baggage.
      - Richard Huloet,
        Abecedarium Anglico-Latinum pro Tyrunculas

Fitted him to a T.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Filthy lucre.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Poor and proud.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

To become proud.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

To eat off another man's plate. [To live an another's expense.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

To have slaved so many years for nothing!
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

To keep up as good a cuisine as your father.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

To lay down one's life for the truth.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

To live with the show of a greater income than you have.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

To snore with wakeful nose. [To pretend to be asleep.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

To vex the eyes with forced tears. [Crocodile's tears.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

As busie as a Bee.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie),
        Euphues and his England (p. 252)

'Tis a stinger.
      - Thomas Middleton,
        More Dissemblers Besides Women
         (act III, sc. 2)

As the case stands.
      - Thomas Middleton, Old Law (act II, sc. 1)

On his last legs.
      - Thomas Middleton, The Old Law
         (act V, sc. 1)

As far as angel's ken.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 59)

Hide their diminished heads.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 35)

As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. IV, l. 330)

Present company excepted.
      - John O'Keeffe, London Hermit

As lacking privacy as a goldfish.
      - Old American Saying

Ossa on Pelion.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Out of the frying pan into the fire.
      - Idea in Plato (originally Aristocles},
        De Repub. (VIII, p. 569, B)

A man of three letters, "F U R."
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), (Latin)

Food for Acheron.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Snail pace.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

To rise to a higher position.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

To snatch the worm from the trap.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

To waste one's breath; to pump into a sieve.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

To enrich a favour by a courteous manner in conferring it.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        (Latin)

With a grain of salt. [To accept a statement with doubt.]
  [Lat., Cum grano salis.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Natural History

Passing the Rubicon.
      - Plutarch, Life of Caesar,
        said of Caesar who, when advancing against Pompey, arrived at the Rubicon, which divides Cisalpine Gaul from the rest of Italy, and stated "The die is cast." ("Jacta alea est.")

As living jewels dropped unstained from heaven.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (bk. V, l. 158)

A drink to cure the effect of a previous debauch.
      - Proverb

Beggars cannot be choosers.
      - Proverb

First among equals.
  [Lat., Primus inter pares.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

A bad heart and a good stomach.
      - Proverb, (French)


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