What does “Walls have ears” mean? The English expression “Walls have ears” is often used to warn someone that it is not safe to speak freely, usually about something unsavory or something secretive, and they should be careful about what they say at that particular time because there is a risk of being overheard, or […]
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A stitch in time saves nine
What does “A stitch in time saves nine” mean? “A stitch in time saves nine” is a a subtle recommendation against procrastination — putting off doing something until later — which means; A little preventive maintenance or spending a little time and effort to deal with a small problem immediately is preferable, and will ensure against […]
Let sleeping dogs lie
Let sleeping dogs lie is a recommendation to leave things as they are and refrain from discussing a matter any further for fear of instigating trouble.
Don’t burn your bridges behind you
What does “Don’t burn your bridges behind you” mean? “Don’t burn your bridges behind you” is a warning against intentionally ruining a relationship or situation you are leaving by doing or saying something unpleasant that would make it impossible for you to change your plans and return to the situation you were in before. It […]
A fool and his money are soon parted
What does “A fool and his money are soon parted” mean? “A fool and his money are soon parted” is a derogatory comment used to describe the spending behaviour of a person who acts carelessly and unwisely with his/her money; or about a person who is easily deceived or easily cheated by others into giving […]
Why keep a dog and bark yourself
What does “Why keep a dog and bark yourself?” mean? Why keep a dog and bark yourself? is often said about a person who, after hiring an expert or asking someone else to do a job for them, does the job themselves or has trouble letting them get on with the job due to a […]
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
What does “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” mean? “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is a piece of advice recommending someone not to focus or risk everything on the success of one venture, but to diversify and spread out their efforts and resources on other options which may be more […]
Great minds think alike
“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’s just not my cup of tea
What does “It’s just not my cup of tea” mean? “It’s just not my cup of tea” is used to say something is not suited to your taste, interests or fancy; or to say you dislike or are not keen on doing something. Be the first to get our new posts. Subscribe to our blog […]
To be a one-man band
“To be a one-man band” refers to a business which is run, controlled or managed in every aspect by one person alone, rather than by several people.