A proverb meaning that incomplete knowledge can embarrass or harm someone or something. • The doctor said, "Just because you've had a course in first aid, you shouldn't have treated your own illness. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." • John thought he knew how to take care of the garden, but he killed all the flowers. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
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literary A person who knows a little about something may think he knows it all and make bad mistakes. A proverb. John has read a book on driving a car and now he thinks he can drive. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
A loaded wagon makes no noise.
Really wealthy don't talk about money.
a loose cannon
unpredictable employee, one who may embarrass The President is sensible, but the Vice President is a loose cannon.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
A person's character is judged by the type of people with whom they spend their time.
A monkey in silk is a monkey no less.
No matter how someone dresses, it's the same person underneath.
a notch below
inferior, not as good That bicycle is a notch below the Peugeot. It's not quite as good.
A rolling stone gathers no moss
Idiom(s): A rolling stone gathers no moss
A proverb that describes a person who keeps changing jobs or residences and, therefore, accumulates no possessions or responsibilities. • "John just can't seem to stay in one place," said Sally. "Oh, well, a rolling stone gathers no moss." • Bill has no furniture to bother with because he keeps on the move. He keeps saying that a rolling stone gathers no moss.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
If a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor possessions. Another interpretation is that, by moving often, one avoids being tied down!
a lot to smell or drink, get wind of When the coyotes get a snootful of our campfire, they'll run.
a snow job
a false story, a phony deal, a rip-off I knew it was a snow job. They said if I ordered some pens, I'd receive a new TV.
a snowball's chance
very little chance (as much chance as a snowball has in hell): "We don't have a snowball's chance of winning that contract!"
a snowball's chance in hell
little or no chance to succeed If I write the test now, I won't have a snowball's chance in hell.
A swallow does not make the summer.
One good event does not mean that everything is alright.
A tree is known by its fruit.
A man is judged by his actions.
a heavy user of amphetamines
Idiom(s): acknowledge receipt (of sth)
to inform the sender that what was sent was received. (Commonly used in business correspondence.) • In a letter to a shoe company, Mary wrote, "I'm happy to acknowledge receipt of four dozen pairs of shoes." • John acknowledged receipt of the bill. • The package hasn't arrived, so I'm unable to acknowledge receipt.
acknowledge sb to be right
Idiom(s): acknowledge sb to be right
to admit or state that someone is correct about something. • Mary acknowledged Bill to be right about the name of the store. • Bill said that the car was useless, and the mechanic acknowledged him to be right.
ain't no thang
not a problem, big deal
All bark and no bite
When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.
all better now
Idiom(s): all better now
Theme: HEALTH - IMPROVEMENT
improved; cured. (Folksy or juvenile.) • My leg was sore, but it's all better now. • I fell off my tricycle and bumped my knee. Mommy kissed it, and it's all better now.
All dressed up and nowhere to go
You're prepared for something that isn't going to happen.
All hat, no cattle
(USA) When someone talks big, but cannot back it up, they are all hat, no cattle.('Big hat, no cattle' is also used.)
all mouth and no trousers
boastful and without just reason
all or nothing
Idiom(s): all or nothing
a choice of doing something or not doing it. • It was all or nothing. Tim had to jump off the truck or risk drowning when the truck went into the water. • Jane stood at the door of the airplane and checked her parachute. It was all or nothing now. She had to jump or be looked upon as a coward.
all talk and no action
Idiom(s): all talk (and no action)
talking about doing something, but never actually doing it. • The car needs washing, but Bill is all talk and no action on this matter. • Bill keeps saying he'll get a job soon, but he's all talk and no action. • Bill won't do it. He's just all talk.
All talk and no trousers
(UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action.
all talk no trousers
someone who talks a lot but doesn't act: "I know he told you that he would get you a limousine for the wedding. Don't believe him, though. He's all talk, no trousers."
All that glitters is not gold
Idiom(s): All that glitters is not gold
A proverb meaning that many attractive and alluring things have no value. • The used car looked fine but didn't run well at all. "Ah, yes," thought Bill, "all that glitters is not gold." • When Mary was disappointed about losing Tom, Jane reminded her, "All that glitters is not gold."
All that glitters is not gold.
Appearances can be deceptive.
all up in da kooldid and don't kno da flava!
when someone is intrusive about something that is none of their business and about which they know nothing:
all work and no play
all work and no play all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy Hard work without time for recreation is not good for one's health, as in If Harry keeps up that grueling schedule, he's headed for a breakdown—all work and no play isn't healthy. A proverb included in James Howell's collection of 1659, this phrase remains so familiar that it is often shortened, as in the example.
all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
do not work too long, take time for recreation, take time to smell... When I picked up my overtime cheque, Karen reminded me that All work and no play... .
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Everybody needs a certain amount of relaxation. It is not good to work all the time.
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Too much hard work without time out for play or enjoyment is not good for anyone. A proverb. Bill's mother told him to stop studying and to go out and play, because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
black espresso coffee (s.a. drinks)
an unknown quantity
Idiom(s): be an unknown quantity
to be a person or thing about which no one is certain. • John is an unknown quantity. We don't know how he's going to act. • The new clerk is an unknown quantity. Things may not turn out all right.
anon ever and anon now and then
derogatory term for an often socially inept person, having an obsessive interest in a hobby or subject. Usually has little or no fashion sense, and errs towards eccentricity. Originates from the "trainspotter" look, of wearing anoraks; spending so much time at the end of station platforms in all weathers necessitates the wearing of such attire
a catch phrase said when someone makes a comment or interrupts. • Jane and Bill were discussing business when Bob interrupted to offer an opinion. "Another country heard from," said Jane. • In the middle of the discussion, the baby started crying. "Another country heard from," said Tom.
another county heard from
another county heard from An unexpected person has spoken up or arrived on the scene, as in Jane's cousin from California decided to contest the will—another county heard from. This idiom originally alluded to the counting of returns on election night; it appears in that context in Clifford Odets's play, Awake and Sing (1931). However, it may echo the much older phrase, another Richmond in the field, alluding to Henry of Richmond (later Henry VII of England), chronicled in Shakespeare's Richard III (5:4): “I think there be six Richmonds in the field; five have I slain today.” Whatever the origin, today it simply refers to an unforeseen participant or attender.