By John Simpson, Jennifer Speake
This precise and authoritative dictionary comprises over 1,100 of the main typical proverbs in English and makes use of examine from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's biggest language databank. This variation has been revised and completely up-to-date and comprises a variety of fullyyt new entries. It additionally gains accelerated assurance of international language proverbs presently in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of utilization, together with the earliest written facts of its use, this A-Z guide
provides an intensive - and interesting - heritage for each access. prepared in A-Z structure and with an invaluable thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is perfect for shopping and ideally suited for fast reference. search for your previous favourites, study punchy new expressions to get your aspect throughout, and find
the resolution to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: locate proverbs suitable to each point of lifestyles during this pleasing and informative assortment.
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1939 M. STUART Dead Men sing no Songs xii. Deeds speak louder than words. , and then she begs you to believe he’s innocent in spite of them? 2008 Times 21 July 13 If he flares up at you.. lock yourself in the bathroom and have a nice bath with a good book. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. words and deeds When ADAM delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman? The rhyme is particularly associated with the itinerant preacher John Ball, a leader of the 1381 ‘Peasants’ Revolt’, who used it to incite the people against their feudal lords.
1930 C. F. GREGG Murder on Bus xxxvii. Inspector Higgins fired his revolver at the sound, deeming attack the better part of defence, whilst someone from the other side of the room had a similar notion. 1965 N. S. GRAY Apple-Stone xi. ’ She sounded so smug that I told her the thought was not original. 1980 F. OLBRICH Desouza in Stardust iv. Attack is the best form of defence, they say, and when politicians lose their principles they play a dirty game. 2002 Times 19 June 24 Clearly, the big banks have stuck to their policy of attack being the best form of defence on this issue [of price controls].
Pay and personnel. Laundry and so forth. ’ 2002 Washington Times 30 Jan. ’ food and drink; soldiers around see what GOES around comes around. arrive see it is BETTER to travel hopefully than to arrive. ART is long and life is short Hippocrates (Aphorisms I. I. life is short, but art is long) compared the difficulties encountered in learning the art of medicine or healing with the shortness of human life. Hippocrates’ saying was alluded to by Seneca in his dialogue ‘On the Brevity of Life’ (De brevitate vitae I: vitam brevem esse, longam artem) and from this version the usual Latin form of the tag is derived: ars longa, vita brevis, art is long, life is short.
A Dictionary of Proverbs by John Simpson, Jennifer Speake