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Proverbs starting with letter G

Gluttony kills more than the sword

More people die from overeating than are slain in battle. this is a very old proverb, dating back to the times when gluttony was more common... Read more →

Give us the tools, and we will finish the job

Winston Churchill said this to the Americans in a broadcast address on February 9th, 1941. The tools were the means by which we could carry on... Read more →

Give the devil his due

Even the very bad sometimes do a good deed, so we should recognize the good points of others, even though they are not friends of ours.

Give knave an inch and they will take a yard

If you grant some people a small favour, it only encourages them to take much more than they are offered. 'I told old Joe to help himself to... Read more →

Give credit where credit is due

Here 'credit' means 'acknowledgement of merit' and nothing to do with money.  The proverb means that we should acknowledge the good points of... Read more →

Give and take

Be as ready to give as to take; to help others as you are to be helped; to make concessions as to accept them; to listen to other people's views... Read more →

Give a thief enough rope and he’ll hang himself

If you give a bad person enough opportunity he will bring about his own downfall. There is a play on words in the proverb, for 'rope' has tow... Read more →

Give a lie twenty-four hours’ start, and you can never overtake it

If a lie is not refuted immediately, it will pass from mouth to mouth until it is accepted as truth by everyone.

Give a dog a bad name and hang him

The phrase 'a bad name' means 'a bad reputation'. However untrue the charges may be, they may ruin a man's reputation and so 'hang him' - that... Read more →

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Take advantage of your opportunities before it is too late, for Life is short and time is swift. The proverb comes from Robert Herrick's poem To... Read more →