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Proverbs containing the word Back

One must draw back in order to leap better

This teaches prudence. It is a quotation from an essay by Montaigne ('Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter') and has much the same meaning as Look... Read more →

You scratch my back and I will scratch yours

If you do me a favour then I will do you a favour in return. You praise me and I will praise you; you flatter me and I will flatter you. Such a... Read more →

Don’t make a rod for your own back

Don't make a stick with which you yourself may be beaten. In other words, don't  do anything that may get you into trouble later on. 'When I... Read more →

One cannot put back the clock

This is a reminder to the reactionary who dreams of the 'good old days'  and would like to see them again. He should realize that TIMES CHANGE.

The last straw breaks the camel’s back

If you increase a camel's burden straw by straw, eventually you will load him one straw too many that his back will be broken. The phrase 'the... Read more →

A bad penny always comes back

If we try to get rid of a counterfeit coin by passing it off upon somebody else, sooner or later it will find the way back into our pocket.... Read more →