The pen is mightier than the sword

What does “The pen is mightier than the sword” mean? The English idiom “The pen is mightier than the sword” means: you can solve problems or achieve your purpose better and more effectively through communication with words than by violence with weapons, by writing you can convince others, educate, enlighten, and create more change than […]

To kill two birds with one stone

What does “To kill two birds with one stone” mean? The English idiom: “to kill two birds with one stone” means to succeed in achieving two things in a single action, be it by accident or by foresight and planning. For example, a businessman could be flying to a city on business, and decide to visit […]

It’s no good/use crying over spilt milk

What does “It’s no good/use crying over spilt milk” mean? The English idiom “It’s no good/use crying over spilt milk” means: It is pointless getting upset or regretting something that has already happened or gone wrong and can not be changed or reversed. There is no way of changing it so it should be accepted.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

What does “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” means? The English idiom “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” means: It is very difficult to change someone’s character or to make someone abandon their habits, or the way they do something when they have been used to doing things in a particular […]

He who sleeps with dogs will rise up with fleas

What does “He who sleeps with dogs will rise up with fleas” mean? He who sleeps with dogs will rise up with fleas is a cautionary statement meaning: If you hang out or associate with the wrong kind of people, their ways may rub off on you, lead you astray, influence your beliefs and cloud […]

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys

What does “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys” mean? “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys” means; Offering a low salary or inadequate payment (peanuts) for employment will only attract incompetent and unqualified staff (monkeys), and as a result your workforce will deliver a poor service and/or poor results. In other words, you get […]