Proverbs with the word Bad

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely

Absolute monarchies are those in which all power is given to or, as is more often the case, taken by, the monarch. Examples of absolute power... Read more →

A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit

With the time, the money and the effort that a case at court of law requires, it is better to make a compromise with the one you are involved in... Read more →

A bad beginning makes a bad ending

If you start a thing badly it takes a long time to finish it, because the bad start seriously affects the later work. But if you make a good... Read more →

Whether the pitcher strikes the stone, or the stone the pitcher, it is bad for the pitcher

Whichever side starts the fight, the weaker side will get the worst of it.

Praise makes good men better and bed men worse

Praise is encouragement, so to praise a good man is to encourage him in rectitude, and to praise a bad man is to encourage him in wickedness.

Nothing so bad but might have been worse

There is always something to be thankful for. 'The house was burnt to the ground, but things might have been worse, for I managed to save the... Read more →

Ill news comes apace

The more modern version of this proverb is Bad news travels fast. Bad news nearly always reaches us more quickly than good news. News about... Read more →

Give a dog a bad name and hang him

The phrase 'a bad name' means 'a bad reputation'. However untrue the charges may be, they may ruin a man's reputation and so 'hang him' - that... Read more →

Make the best of a bad job

Here 'job' does not refer to working, but to a state of affairs. To make the best of a bad job is to accept one's present position with the... Read more →

Make the best of a bad bargain

Here 'bargain' does not refer to something bought cheaply, but to an agreement made between two parties. When one party realizes too late that... Read more →