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PROVERBIAL PHRASES
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To fire the first shot. [To throw down the gauntlet.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To fish for a herring and catch a sprat.
      - Proverb

To fish in the air. To hunt in the sea.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To fish with a golden hook.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To flay the flayed dog.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

To flog a dead horse.
      - Proverb

To flog a stone.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To fly, when no one pursues us. [Great timidity.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To follow a man like his shadow.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To forget a kindness.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To fry in one's own grease.
      - Proverb

To get out of one muck into another.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To get out of the mire and fall into the river.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese)

To get out of the rain under the spout.
      - Proverb, (German)

To get out of the smoke and fall into the fire.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese)

To give a cap and get a cloak.
  [Lat., Pilleum dat ut pallium recipiat.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To give a duck to get a goose.
      - Proverb, (English)

To give a pea for a bean.
      - Proverb, (French)

To give a thing and take a thing
  Is to wear the devil's gold ring.
      - Proverb

To give an egg to get an ox.
      - Proverb, (Dutch, French)

To give change out for his coin.
      - Proverb, (French)

To give court holy-water.
      - Proverb, (French)

To give instruction in the form of praise.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To give one the sack.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

To go beyond the bounds. [To digress from the subject of discussion.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To go for wool and come back shorn.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To go mulberry gathering without a crook.
      - Proverb, (French)

To go rabbit catching with a dead ferret.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To go rabbit hunting with a dead ferret.
      - Proverb

To go to the vintage without baskets.
      - Proverb, (French)

To grease the fat pig's tail.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To harness the horses behind the cart.
      - Proverb, (Dutch)

To harness unwilling oxen.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To haul over the coals.
      - Proverb

To have a bee in one's bonnet.
      - Proverb

To have a bone in one's leg.
      - Proverb

To have a crow to pluck with one.
      - Proverb

To have a finger in the pie.
      - Proverb

To have a good opinion of himself.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

To have a rod in pickle for someone.
      - Proverb

To have a wolf by the ears.
      - Proverb, (Greek)

To have bats in the belfry.
      - Proverb

To have friends both in heaven and hell.
      - Proverb, (French)

To have hairs on his heart. (Hard-hearted.)
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To have it written on his forehead.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To have many irons in the fire.
      - Proverb

To have one foot in the grave.
      - Proverb

To have one's brains in one's heels.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

To have one's labour for one's pains.
      - Proverb

To have the belly up to one's mouth.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)


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