Do not count your chickens before they are hatched

What does ‘Do not count your chickens before they are hatched’ mean? ‘Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched’ means; Plans should not be made on the assumption that something expected will happen in the future. Don’t rely on or don’t be over-confident about a result before it is certain or has happened. Depending on […]

Actions speak louder than words

What does “Actions speak louder than words” mean? “Actions speak louder than words” means; What people actually do or the action they take is more important and shows intentions and feelings more clearly than if they merely talk about doing something. It is often used when someone says they will do something or promises to […]

While the cat is away, the mice will play

What does “While the cat is away, the mice will play” mean? “While the cat is away, the mice will play” means; unsupervised people will naturally take advantage of the absence or lack of attention of someone in authority, and will enjoy their freedom by relaxing and doing as they please. Be the first to […]

A watched pot never boils

What does “A watched pot never boils” mean? This proverb from the Mid-1800s, reflects the experience of anyone who has ever been in a hurry or anyone who has ever been waiting for something to arrive or for something to happen. The phrase, in itself contains a warning against giving in to impatience (don’t be impatient). […]

Big fish eat little fish

What does “Big fish eat little fish” mean? “Big fish eat little fish” is an classical proverb that indicates the predatory nature of humans and the vicious cycle of exploitation that exists in the business world; where rich and powerful people or organisations will exploit, swallow up or destroy those who are weaker, poorer and […]