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 […]

Walls have ears

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 […]

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.