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Proverbs containing the word Thief

When thieves fall out, honest men come by their own

If thieves are squabbling among themselves, they are too busy to rob honest men. The phrase 'come by their own' means 'keep what belongs to... Read more →

There is honour among thieves

A thief will not hesitate to steal from an honest man, but is reluctant to steal form another thief.

Procrastination is the thief of time

To procrastinate is to delay, to put off doing something. Procrastinating – deferring things from day to day – wastes a lot of time and... Read more →

Opportunity makes the thief

If you leave articles of value lying about, you are asking for them to be stolen. The temptation may be too great for a person who would not... Read more →

Set a thief to catch a thief

A thief knows all the tricks of the game, so it is best fitted to catch others engaged in it. A similar proverb is An old poacher makes the best... Read more →

Give a thief enough rope and he’ll hang himself

If you give a bad person enough opportunity he will bring about his own downfall. There is a play on words in the proverb, for 'rope' has tow... Read more →

The receiver is as bad as the thief

If a man buys or otherwise acquires anything that he knows has been stolen, he is as guilty as the person who stole it. In the same way, if one... Read more →