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This saying is used when too many people are involved in the same task or when too many people work together on the same project, implying that the final result will not be good. This expression alludes at a possible lack of communication between the cooks, each adding, perhaps, salt or another ingredient to a […]
This saying basically promotes the idea that eating apples will make you healthier, and as a result you won’t need to call or go to the doctor as often. Apples contain Vitamin C, which aids the immune system, and reduces cholesterol. Apples can also reduce tooth decay.
“There’s not enough room to swing a cat” is used to describe a place, room or space that is very small and awkwardly confined.
This is a simile which is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, so, if someone’s like a bear with a sore head, they are very irritable, they complain a lot about something and are in a bad mood when you wake up.
“You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs” is used to say that sometimes we have to give something up or destroy something to achieve something more important. Nothing can remain the same if we are to look for something better.
“There’s a black sheep in every flock” implies that there is a scoundrel in every family. Someone whose behaviour is considered by the family to be bad, a disgrace or embarrassing. It could also mean that there is always one person who is special or who doesn’t behave or perform like the others. It could […]
“It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack” means that someone is engaged in a hopeless search or is looking for something that is extremely difficult (or impossible) to find, especially because of the quanity of similar things around it or the area to be searched is too large.
In through one ear and out of the other is used to say that someone does not remember what you say or pay attention to it as the do not heed or acting on the information given. It also describe someone who appears to listen or concentrate to something but then does not remember what […]
The expression ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ is a reminder to younger people not to waste money and be careful how much they spend, because money is not an infinite resource that is easy to acquire. We can’t just walk around and pick money like fruit from the trees, but must be earned by working […]