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birds and beesInformal sex education, especially describing the sexual activity of animals rather than that of people.
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have a fable forTo have a weakness for something.
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in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is kingAmong others with a disadvantage or disability, the one with the mildest disadvantage or disability is regarded as the greatest.Even someone without much talent or ability is considered special by those with no talent or ability at all.
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spill the beans / let the cat out of the bagTo let out a secret
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the hand that rocks the cradle rules the worldWomen, particularly mothers, have a decisive influence on the future direction of society because they raise and nurture the next generation.
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the proof of the pudding is in the eatingThe only real test of something is as what it is intended to be used for.
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let the perfect be the enemy of the goodTo insist on the total realization of a goal and reject any compromise, thereby decreasing the chance of achieving even a part of that goal.
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it's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dogdetermination and perseverance will win out in the long run.
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the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the worldAlternative form of the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
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the more things change, the more they stay the sameA proverb making the observation that turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo.
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caught between the devil and the deep blue seaHaving a choice between two alternatives, both undesirable.
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close the stable door after the horse has boltedTo attempt to prevent a problem only to find it has already happened.
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don't let the door hit you on the way outUsed to indicate that one is glad to see someone leaving.
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if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchenIf you cannot handle the pressure, you should not be in a position where you have to deal with it.
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it is not the whistle that pulls the trainAlternative form of it's not the whistle that pulls the train.
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pinch and a punch for the first of the monthSaid the first day of a new month, accompanied by a pinch and a punch to the victim.
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the grass is always greener on the other sideOther circumstances seem more desirable than one's own but in reality are often not
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beauty is in the eye of the beholderIndividuals have different inclinations on what is beautiful. Individuals have different beauty standards.
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it ain't the whistle that pulls the trainAlternative form of it's not the whistle that pulls the train.
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it isn't the whistle that pulls the trainAlternative form of it's not the whistle that pulls the train.
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it's not the whistle that pulls the trainBoasting and loud talk should not be mistaken for the work that produces real achievements; bravado is no proof of action.1956, James Reston, "Washington: It's Not the Whistle that Pulls the Train," New York Times, 1 July, p. E8:
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kill the goose that lays the golden eggsTo seek short term gain at the sacrifice of long term profit.
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out of the frying pan, into the fireFrom an already bad situation to a worse one.
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sufficient unto the day is the evil thereofNo need to worry about the future; the present provides enough to worry about.
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the apple doesn't fall far from the treeA child grows up to be very similar to its parents in the way they act and in their physical abilities.
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the dogs bark, but the caravan goes onLife goes on, even if some will try to stop or talk against progress.
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well ain't that the catfish in the trapA sentence commonly spoken in the Southern United States. It can often be used in place of "well, I'll be damned". Used to express surprise.
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when the cat's away the mice will playIn the absence of a controlling entity, subordinates will take advantage of circumstances.
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let go an anchor to the windward of the lawTo keep within the letter of the law.
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forget, when up to one's neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swampTo lose sight of one's initial objective, becoming caught up in subtasks or in tasks only tangentially/orthogonally related to the initial objective.
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if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchenIf you cannot handle the pressure, you should not be in a position where you have to deal with it.
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cry all the way to the bankTo be happy due to the receipt of money, although expressing sorrow about the cause of such receipt.
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do the best and live the restFirst do your work with your 100% dont think about the result
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down the road, not across the streetAlong the radial artery rather than across the wrist from side to side.
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from the department of the bleeding obviousSo obvious it was unnecessary to say.
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laugh all the way to the bankTo be happy due to the receipt of money.
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let the cat out of the bagTo disclose a secret; to let a secret be known, often inadvertently.
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over the river and through the woodsUsed other than as an idiom: see over, the, river, and, through, the, woods.
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over the river and through the woodsTrying to achieve a particular task, often with difficulty.
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over the river and through the woodsTo be lost.(idiomatic, figuratively) To lose one's mind.
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over the river and through the woodsTo lose one's mind.
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over the river and through the woodsTo lose one's mind.
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rearrange the deck chairs on the titanicTo do something pointless or insignificant that will soon be overtaken by events, or that contributes nothing to the solution of a current problem.
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sow the wind and reap the whirlwindAlternative form of sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.
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spare the rod and spoil the childIf one does not discipline a child, he or she will never learn obedience and good manners.
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take the cash and let the credit goExploit and enjoy the opportunities and pleasures available here and now and do not invest effort pursuing prospective future gratifications.
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the pen is mightier than the swordMore influence and power can be usurped by writing than by fighting.
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the shoe is on the other footThe roles of people in a situation have been reversed, such the advantage has shifted to a party which was previously disadvantaged.
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the straw that broke the camel's backA small and seemingly insignificant addition to a burden that renders it too much to bear; the small thing which causes failure, or causes inability or unwillingness to endure any more of something.
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the whistle does not pull the trainAlternative form of it's not the whistle that pulls the train.
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