English Proverbs Set 1: Animals

A bird:

  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
  • Birds of a feather flock together
  • It’s the early bird that cathes the worm
  • The early bird cathes the worm
  • One swallow does not make a summer

A cat:

  • A cat may look at a king
  • Don’t let the cat out of the bag
  • When the cat’s away the mice will play

A chicken:

  • Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

A dog:

  • A barking dog never bites
  • A dog is a man’s best friend
  • Barking dogs seldom bite
  • Don’t keep a dog and back yourself
  • Every dog has its day
  • If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas
  • Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  • Let sleeping dogs lie
  • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

A fish:

  • A fish always rots from the head down
  • Big fish eat little fish
  • Fish always stink from the head down
  • Fish and guests smell after three days
  • Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day…
  • There is always more fish in the sea

A goose:

  • What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

A horse:

  • A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse
  • Don’t change horses in midstream
  • Don’t put the cart before the horse
  • Horses for courses
  • If wished were horses, beggars would ride
  • It’s no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth
  • Only fools and horses work
  • You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink

A lion / a lamb:

  • March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb

A leopard:

  • A leopard cannot change its spots
  • The leopard does not change his spots

A monkey:

  • If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
  • Softly, softly, catchee monkey

Proverbs in the alphabetic order:

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