A little learning is a dangerous thing
A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.eg. he said he'd done a course on home electrics, but when he tried to mend my table lamp, he fused all the lights! I think a little learning is a dangerous thing
A little learning is a dangerous thing.
People with insufficient knowledge are easily misled.
In addition to the idioms beginning with learn
, also see learn by heart
; little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a
; live and learn
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- learn by heart
- learn one's lesson
- learn to live with
learn by heartlearn by heart
Also, learn by rote
. See under by heart
learn by rote|learn|rotev. phr.
To blindly memorize what was taught without thinking about it. If you learn a subject by rote, it will be difficult to say anything original about it.
learn ofcome to hear about听说
How did you learn of my name？你是怎么知道我的名字的？
I learnt of your success in the newspaper．我从报纸上得知你成功的消息。
learn one's lessonlearn one's lesson
Profit from experience, especially an unhappy one. For example, From now on she'd read the instructions first; she'd learned her lesson.
Also see hard way, the
learn something off by heart
learn something completely: "I've learnt this off by heart - I'm bound to pass the exam!"
learn sth by heart
Idiom(s): learn sth by heart
to learn something so well that it can be written or recited without thinking; to memorize something.
• The director told me to learn my speech by heart.
• I had to go over it many times before I learned it by heart.
learn sth by roteIdiom(s): learn sth by rote
to learn something without giving any thought to what is being learned.
• I learned history by rote; then I couldn't pass the test that required me to think.
• If you learn things by rote, you'll never understand them.
learn sth from the bottom upIdiom(s): learn sth from the bottom up
to learn something thoroughly, from the very beginning; to learn all aspects of something, even the most lowly. (Informal.)
• I learned my business from the bottom up.
• I started out sweeping the floors and learned everything from the bottom up.
learn sth the hard wayIdiom(s): learn (something) the hard way AND find (something) out the hard way
to learn something by experience, especially by an unpleasant experience.
• She learned how to make investments the hard way.
• I wish I didn't have to learn things the hard way.
• I found out the hard way that it's difficult to work and go to school at the same time.
• Investing in real estate is tricky. I found that out the hard way.
learn sthby heartlearn by memory 默诵；暗记
Everyone in the class has to learn by heart Lincoln's Gettysburg Address．班上每一个学生都必须默诵林肯的盖茨堡演说词。
learn the lingolearn the language, know the idioms To work in the computer industry you have to learn the lingo.
learn the ropeslearn how to do a job He is a new employee and is still learning the ropes.
learn to live withIdiom(s): learn to live with sth
to learn to adapt to something unpleasant or painful.
• Finally the doctor told Marion that she was going to have to learn to live with her arthritis.
• The floor plan of the house we bought is not as handy as we had thought, but we will learn to live with it.
Learn to walk before you run.Don't rush into doing something until you know how to do it.
learn your placelearn to know where and when to speak "When I was young, kids learned their place; they showed respect."
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner Education is something you keep forever.
live and learnIdiom(s): live and learn
to increase one's knowledge by experience. (Also informal and folksy. Usually said when one is surprised to learn something. Fixed order.)
• I didn't know that snakes could swim. Well, live and learn!
• John didn't know he should water his houseplants a little extra in the dry winter months. When they all died, he said, "Live and learn."
live and learn|learn|liveYou learn more new things the longer you live; you learn by experience. A proverb. "Live and learn," said Mother. "I never knew that the Indians once had a camp where our house is." Janet made her new dress from cheap cloth, and when she washed it, it shrank and was too little. Live and learn.