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PROVERBIAL PHRASES
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[ Also see Catchphrases Old Sayings Proverbs Proverbs (General) ]

Through thick and thin, both over banck and bush,
  In hope her to attaine by hooke or crooke.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. III, canto I, st. 17)

Big-endians and small-endians.
      - Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
         (pt. I, ch. IV, Voyage to Lilliput)

Hail, fellow, well met,
  All dirty and wet:
    Find out, if you can,
      Who's master, who's man.
      - Jonathan Swift, My Lady's Lamentation

Cut off your nose to spite your face.
  [Fr., Se couper le nez pour faire depit a son visage.]
      - Gedeon Tallemant des Reaux, Historiettes
         (vol. I, ch. I), (about 1657 - 1659)

The fools of habit.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Like glimpses of forgotten dreams.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Two Voices
         (st. CXXVII)

To pick out meat from the very funeral pile.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

To touch a sore place. [A tender point.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Much of a muchness.
      - Sir John Vanbrugh (Vanburgh),
        The Provoked Husband (act I, sc. 1)

A precious pair of scamps.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

To prate of peace, and arm your ironsides.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

To spare the vanquished, and subdue the proud.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

To whisper insidious accusations in the ear of the mob.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

To pile Ossa upon Pelion.
  [Lat., Imponere Pelio Ossam.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Georgics (I, 281)

The total depravity of inanimate things.
      - Katherine Kent Child Walker (Mrs. Edward Ashley Walker),
        the title of an essay in the "Atlantic Monthly", Sep. 1864


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