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Proverbs containing the word One

When one door shuts another opens

Failure should not deter us, for there are always other opportunities.

Two heads are better than one

It is an advantage to confer with somebody else before reaching an important decision. 'I've got a problem on my mind, Harry. Give me the... Read more →

One volunteer is worth two pressed men

Here 'pressed' means 'compelled to serve in the armed forces.' The modern term is 'conscripted' or 'called up'. A volunteer joins of his own... Read more →

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin

In general usage this proverb means that the show of a fundamental human emotion, or even human weakness, often has the effect of bringing... Read more →

One swallow does not make a summer

The swallow is a migratory bird, visiting Great Britain in April and leaving for warmer climes in September. As far as Great Britain is... Read more →

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 →

One of these days is none of these days

'I'll do one of these days.' This means that you propose to do whatever it is later on. The result is that it is never done at all.... Read more →

One must draw the line somewhere

To draw the line is to lay down a definite limit of action beyond which one refuses to go. The decision depends on ourselves, but it must be... Read more →

One lie makes many

The telling of the one lie forces us to tell more lies, and so we become more and more deeply involved.

One foot is better than two crutches

We should be thankful for what we have, even though it is less than than we would like. The proverb means the same as Half a loaf is better than... Read more →