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Proverbs containing the word Before

Never spend your money before you have it

This proverb teaches prudence on money. If your father promises to give you 500 dollars on your twentieth birthday, which is in six months... Read more →

Look before you leap

Never act hastily. Consider carefully what you are going to do before you do it. It might be said that this contradicts the other proverb He who... Read more →

Don’t put the cart before the horse

The horse pulls the cart, not the cart the horse. The proverb means that we should not get things back to front, but should deal with them in... Read more →

Don’t pour out the dirty water before you have clean

In countries where water is in short supply it has to be carefully and sparingly used. By extension the proverb means that you should not... Read more →

Don’t cry before you are hurt

You should not give way to misfortune till it actually happens, since it may not happen. This motherly advice is often given to quarrelling... Read more →

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched

It is a mistake to assume that because your hen is sitting on a dozen of eggs you will have twelve chickens, since some, perhaps even all of... Read more →

Do not cast your pearls before swine

Do not give a beautiful or precious thing to a person who is totally unable to appreciate its value. The proverb is very often used by those who... Read more →

Cowards die many times before their deaths

This proverb is quotation from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Caesar says: Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never tastes... Read more →

All things are difficult before they are easy

When first we try to ride a bicycle we are quite sure that we shall never do anything but fall off, but as we go on practicing, the whole thing... Read more →

Fingers were made before forks

Man used his fingers for eating before forks were invented. The proverb is quoted as an excuse for eating anything in one's fingers instead of... Read more →