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  1.After meat, mustard; after death, doctor .


  Explanation: this describes a situation where assistance or comfort is given when it is too late.

  Example: just as I had cancelled my application to go abroad, I had a promise of money for my fare. It was a case of after death, the doctor.

  2. After praising the wine they sell us vinegar.


  Explanation: to offer to give or sell something that is inferior to what you claim it to be.

  Example: that fellow completely misled us about what he was capable of doing. After praising the wine, he sold us vinegar.

  3. All is over but the shouting.


  Explanation: finally decided1 or won; brought to the end; not able to be changed.

  Example: after Bill’s touch down, the game is all over but shouting.

  4. All lay load on the willing horse.


  Explanation: a willing horse is someone who is always doing things for others. Very often the implication is that others impose on him.

  Examples: the trouble is you're too good-natured and people take advantage of it. all lay load on the willing horse. You will have to learn to refuse people who ask too much.

  5.anger and haste hinder good counsel.


  Explanation: one can not act wisely when one is angry or in a hurry.

  Example: you should calm down before you decide the next move. Anger and haste hinder good counsel.

  6. As poor as a church mouse


  Explanation: to be exceedingly poor, having barely to live upon.

  Example: he has a large family, and is poor as a church mouse.

  Note: a church is one of the few buildings that contain no food.

  7. A word spoken is past recalling.


  Explanation: the harm done by a careless word can not easily undo2.

  Example: for the rest of his life he regretted what he had said, but a word spoken is past recalling and he knew he could never repair the damage of that moment of harshness.
  8.World is but a little place, after all.


  Explanation: it is used when a person meets someone he knows or is in someway connected with him in a place where he would never have expected to do so.

  Example: Who would have thought I would bump into an old schoolmate on a trek3 up Mount Tai. The world is but a little place after all.

  9. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.


  Explanation: conform to the manners and customs of those amongst whom you live.

  Example: I know you have egg and bacon for breakfast at home, but now you are on the Continent you will do as the Romans do and take coffee and rolls.

  10. What you lose on the swings you get back on the roundabouts.


  Explanation: a rough way of starting a law of average; if you have bad luck on one day you have good on another; if one venture results in loss try a fresh one---it may succeed.

  Example: he may always possess merits which make up for everything; if he loses on the swings, he may win on the roundabouts.

  11.What are the odds4 so long as you are happy.


  Explanation: what does anything else matter if a person is happy.

  Example: you complain so much, but you have a good family, parents, health, and money. What’s the odd so long as you’re happy.

  12.Entertain an angel unawares.


  Explanation: to receive a great personage as a guest without knowing his merits.

  Example: in the course of evening someone informed her that she was entertaining an angel unawares, in the shape of a composer of the greatest promise

  13.every dog has his day .


  Explanation: fortune comes to each in turn

  Example: they say that every dog has his day; but mine seems a very long time coming.

  14.every potter praises his own pot.


  Explanation: people are loath5 to refer to defects in their possessions or their family members

  Example: he said that his teacher considered his work brilliant, but I would rather hear it from his teacher’s own mouth. Every potter praises his own pot

  15. Pain past is pleasure.


  16. While there is life, there is hope.


  17. Wisdom in the mind is better than money in the hand.


  18. Storms make trees take deeper roots.


  19. Nothing is impossible for a willing heart.


  20. The shortest answer is doing.


  21. All things are difficult before they are easy.


  22. Great hopes make great man. (伟大的理想造就伟大的人。)

  23. God helps those who help themselves.(天助自助者。)

  24. Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more.



  25. In doing we learn.(实践长才干。)

  26. East or west, home is best.(东好西好,还是家里最好。)

  27. Two heads are better than one.(三个臭皮匠,顶个诸葛亮。)

  28. Good company on the road is the shortest cut.(行路有良伴就是捷径。)

  29. Constant dropping wears the stone.(滴水穿石。)

  30. Misfortunes never come alone/single.(祸不单行。)

  31. Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.(不经灾祸不知福。)

  32. Better late than never.(迟做总比不做好;晚来总比不来好。)

  33. It`s never too late to mend.(过而能改,善莫大焉;亡羊补牢,犹未晚也。)

  34. If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well.(如果事情值得做,就值得做好。)

  35. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.(无热情成就不了伟业。)

  36. Actions speak louder than words.(行动比语言更响亮。)

  37. Lifeless, faultless.(只有死人才不犯错误。)

  38. From small beginning come great things.(伟大始于渺小。)

  39. One today is worth two tomorrows.(一个今天胜似两个明天。)

  40. Truth never fears investigation6.(事实从来不怕调查。)

  41. The tongue is boneless but it breaks bones.(舌无骨却能折断骨。)

  42. A bold attempt is half success.(勇敢的尝试是成功的一半。)

  43. Knowing something of everything and everything of something.


  44. Good advice is beyond all price.(忠告是无价宝。)


1 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
2 undo Ok5wj     
  • His pride will undo him some day.他的傲慢总有一天会毁了他。
  • I managed secretly to undo a corner of the parcel.我悄悄地设法解开了包裹的一角。
3 trek 9m8wi     
  • We often go pony-trek in the summer.夏季我们经常骑马旅行。
  • It took us the whole day to trek across the rocky terrain.我们花了一整天的时间艰难地穿过那片遍布岩石的地带。
4 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
5 loath 9kmyP     
  • The little girl was loath to leave her mother.那小女孩不愿离开她的母亲。
  • They react on this one problem very slow and very loath.他们在这一问题上反应很慢,很不情愿。
6 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。