Browse by letter

Proverbs containing the word Straw

A straw will show which way the wind blows

Small events can be a guide to momentous happenings. If the Foreign Secretary tells a taxi-driver at two o'clock in the morning to take him to... Read more →

You cannot make bricks without straw

Nothing can be made without the necessary materials. 'The trouble is, said the captain of the Cricket Club at a meeting of the committee, that... Read more →

A drowning man will clutch at a straw

It is said that a drowning man will clutch at even the smallest thing to keep him afloat. Similarly a person in any desperate position will... Read more →

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 →