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PROVERBIAL PHRASES
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To bite the lip. [To manifest indignation.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To blow hot and cold in the same breath.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To blow hot and cold.
      - Proverb, (French)

To blow one's own trumpet.
      - Proverb

To break my head and then give me a plaster.
      - Proverb

To break Priscian's head.
      - Proverb

To break the constable's head, and take refuge with the sheriff.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To break the ice.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To break the rope by overstraining.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To bring a noble to ninepence.
      - Proverb

To bring down two apples with one stick.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

To bring haddock to paddock.
      - Proverb

To bring out the implements of war, when the battle is over.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To bruise the head of the serpent.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To build castles in the air.
      - Proverb, (Dutch, French)

To burn one's boats.
      - Proverb

To burn out a candle in search of a pin.
      - Proverb, (French)

To burn the candle at both ends.
      - Proverb

To bury the hatchet.
      - Proverb

To buy a cat in a poke.
      - Proverb, (French)

To buy a pig in a poke.
      - Proverb

To buy and sell and live by the loss.
      - Proverb

To cackle and lay no egg.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese, Spanish)

To call a spade a spade.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To carry a lantern in mid-day.
      - Proverb, (French)

To carry coals to Newcastle.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

To carry fir-trees to Norway.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

To carry on the head. [i.e., To love dearly.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To carry two faces under one hood.
      - Proverb

To carry water in a sieve.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To carry water to the river.
      - Proverb, (French)

To carry water to the sea.
      - Proverb,
        (Dutch, German, Portuguese)

To carry wood to the forest.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To cast a dart without any fixed mark or aim. [To have no settled purpose.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To cast in a smelt to catch a codfish.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

To cast out the mote from the eye of another.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To cast pearls before swine.
      - Proverb, (Dutch, Italian)

To cast water into the sea.
      - Proverb

To catch a hare with a cart.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

To catch a hare with a tabret.
      - Proverb

To catch a Tartar.
      - Proverb

To catch a weasel asleep.
      - Proverb

To catch the shower in a sieve. [To lose one's time and pains.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To catch two pigeons with one bean.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

To change the course we have begun for the better.
      - Proverb

To checkmate your adversary. To leave him not a leg to stand on.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To clip his wings.
      - Proverb

To comb one's head with a stool.
      - Proverb

To come from little good to stark nought.
      - Proverb

To come up to the scratch.
      - Proverb


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