A proverb is a short statement usually known by many people. It states something that is common experience or give advise .
Here are some examples:
you say: absence make heart grow fonder.
you mean: Being apart from someone you love makes you love them more.
you say: actions speak louder than words.
you mean: What people do is more important than what they say.
you say : there’s no point / it’s no good crying over split milk.
you mean: There’s no point in getting upset over something bad that’s happened when you cant change it.
you say: don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
you mean: Its not a good idea to put all your efforts or your money into one project as, if it all fails, you may lose everything.
you say: many hands make light work.
you mean: A job is done quickly and easily if plenty of people help.
you say: blood is thicker than water.
you mean: Family relationship are stronger than any other relationship.
There are number of proverbs, which we only use half of. the ending s are so familiar that it isn’t necessary to say them.
here are some examples:
you say: Too many cooks
ending of proverb: spoil the broth.
meaning: If too many people work on something, they will spoil it.
you say: People who live in grass houses
ending of proverb: shouldn’t throw stones.
meaning: People shouldn’t criticise other people for faults that they have themselves.
you say: Its the last straw
ending of proverb: that breaks the camel’s back.
meaning: something is the last in a series of unpleasant events, and which finally makes you feel that the situation cant continue.
you say: While the cat’s away
ending of proverb: the mice will play.
meaning: when the person in authority is not there, other people will not do what they should do.
you say: Take care of pennies/pence
ending of proverb: and the pounds will take care of them selves.
meaning: If you dont waste small sums of money, you’ll end up with plenty of money.
you say: Birds of feather
ending of proverb: flocks together.
meaning: People who have similar charecters or interests, will often choose to spend time together.
you say: A bird in hand
ending of proverb: is worth two in the bush.
meaning: It’s better to keep what you have,rather than to risk losing it by trying to get more.
you say: The grass is always greener
ending of proverb: on the other side of the fence.
meaning: Other people always seem to be in a better situation than you.
you say: All work and no play
ending of proverb: makes jack a dull boy.
meaning: Someone who spends all their time working becomes a boring person.