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Proverbs containing the word Hand

What is a workman without his tools

The cleverest of craftsmen cannot make things with his bare hands. Similarly, if we are to undertake a task we must have the means of doing it.

One pair of heels is often worth two pairs of hands

Usage associates heels with running. To take to one's heels is to make a hasty departure. This proverb, therefore, means that it is often better... Read more →

Many kiss the hand they wish to cut off

Don't be deceived by mere politeness, as people are often polite to those they intend to harm. Chaucer refers to 'the smiler with the knife... Read more →

Many hands make light work

The more people there are to carry out a task, the less each has to do, and the more quickly is the work finished. It has been said that this... Read more →

Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth

Keep secret any help you give to the poor; don't boast of your almsgiving. The source is Matthew, vi, 1-4

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

If a hunter has shot one bird, he should be satisfied with that and not go off looking for the ones that flew away. We use the proverb to mean... Read more →

The devil finds work for the idle hands to do

Those who have nothing useful to do and seeks some way of passing the time are liable to drift into wrongdoing.

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

Mothers who look after their children are bringing up a new generation of men. The following lines were written by William Ross Wallace: They... Read more →