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Proverbs containing the word Lose

Win at first and lose at last

This is a saying among card-players. Those who win in the early stages of the game usually finish up as losers.

What one loses on the swings one makes up on the roundabouts

The proprietor of a fair ground does not mind running his swings at a loss if his roundabouts bring him in a handsome profit. He can afford to... Read more →

Too much curiosity lost Paradise

It doesn't do to be too curious or inquisitive. The proverb is a quotation from The Lucky Chance, a play by Aprah Behn. The reference is, of... Read more →

A tale never loses in the telling

The facts of a story are usually improved upon in the telling. Lies are condoned by Pooh-Bah in The Mikado as 'merely corroborative detail,... Read more →

Grasp all, lose all

Don’t be avaricious. If you are too greedy you will lose even what you already have. The dog in the fable was carrying a piece of meat across... Read more →

A good name is sooner lost than won

It takes a long time to build up a good reputation, but this reputation is quickly lost by just one crime or piece of bad behaviour.

You must lose a fly to catch a trout

It is worth sacrificing a little in order to gain a great deal more. Here the fly is the bait on the angler's hook. This proverbs means the same... Read more →

Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance

This warns us against wasting time on trivial aspects of a matter, because in doing so we may neglect the essential matter itself.

Lend your money and lose a friend

If your friend finds himself unable to repay the debt, he will avoid you and may well say bad things about you to justify his conduct. There is... Read more →