“A leopard can’t change its spots” is the notion that things cannot change their innate nature. A person cannot change who they are (their character), no matter how hard they try. This person’s character, especially if it is bad, will not change, even if they pretend it has.
“To pull a rabbit out of a hat” means that you produce something seemingly out of nowhere or do something unexpected but ingeniously effective in response to a problem.
“To let the cat out of the bag” is used when someone unintentionally or accidentally reveals a secrets or a surprise.
“People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” is used to remind people of their own vulnerability when they criticise or complain about others when they have similar faults or bad faults of their own. Don’t criticise other people for their bad character qualities and flaws when they are similar weaknesses that you have yourself.
“Great minds think alike. (Fools seldom differ)” is used to emphasize a coincidence when two people have the same opinion or make the same choice or reach the same conclusion at the same time. It implies that you are congratulating a person for being as smart as you are because you both thought about the […]
“The early bird catches the worm” is advice to someone that success or the advantage over others comes to those who prepare well and put in effort to take the earliest opportunity to do something, or to advise someone to do something immediately.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right” is used to emphasize that it is not acceptable for someone to do wrong, to be unjust or dishonest just because someone did something bad to them first, or just because someone else did the same thing before. It is never right to wrong someone, even if they have […]
“A bad workman blames his tools”: A workman’s success or failure is determined not by the tools he works with but by how he employs the tools he has. People who can make use of what is available to them can make a success of any work given to them. If a person does something […]
There’s not enough room to swing a cat is said about a room or area that is very small or so full that you have not got much space to do anything. “There’s not enough room to swing a cat” is used to describe a place, room or space that is very small and awkwardly […]
“don’t judge a book by its cover” means: you shouldn’t prematurely form an opinion or prejudge (an issue or person) based purely on its initial appearance. You cannot judge the quality or character of someone or something simply by looking at that person or thing’s appearance because after taking a deeper look, the person or […]