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Proverbs starting with letter B

Birds in their little nests agree

This comes from Love Between Brothers and Sisters,one of the divine songs for children by Isaac Watts. The practical application of the proverb... Read more →

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 →

Between two stools you fall to the ground

If you cannot make up you mind which of two things to do, you are liable to get yourself into difficulties by doing neither. If a car comes... Read more →

Better to ask the way than go astray

Some people are too proud to admit that they don’t know, and, by refusing to ask, go astray. That is to say, they do the wrong thing or become... Read more →

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know

An unknown danger or hardship is much more frightening than one we have already experienced. 'I have got to go to Paris again on business next... Read more →

Better late than never

It is better to do a thing after much procrastination than not to do it at all. It is often used as a semi-humorous excuse. Dear Tom, - I'm... Read more →

Better bend than break

The pliant tree bends before the wind and is not damaged by the storm, but the rigid tree is often snapped. In the same way it is sometimes... Read more →

Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion

Another old proverb says the same thing more clearly: 'Better be the head of the yeomanry than the tail of the gentry.' In other words, it's... Read more →

Better be sure than sorry

It is better to be safe than to do anything that may place us in dangerous position. Here 'sure' is used in a old sense of 'safe', 'free from... Read more →

Better be an old man’s darling than a young man’s slave

This proverb suggests, rightly or wrongly, that the women who marries an old man will fare better than the women who marries a young one, on the... Read more →