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a cat in gloves catches no miceOne cannot get what one wants by being cautious, one must use aggression to get it.Rate it:

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a closed mouth gathers no feetOne who does not speak can be certain he won't say anything embarrassing.Rate it:

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a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go downAn otherwise unpleasant situation can be pleasant when a pleasant aspect is deliberately introduced.1999, Eli Yassif, The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning, Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253335833, page 372,One is known as the "sweetening parable," that is to say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Thus, when the aim is to preach to the people, to guide them along the "bitter," arduous path of upholding burdensome precepts and prohibitions, a tale can lighten the load, make the "medicine" easier "to swallow."2001, Maureen Reagan, First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir, Little, Brown, ISBN 0316736368, page 319,It put some fun into the tedious business of preparing for a presidential debate. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?2004, John Hoover, How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive... Without Killing Your Boss, Career Press, ISBN 1564147045, page 11,If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a barrel of laughs can wash down the big pills you might need to swallow.Rate it:

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an army marches on its stomachYou must eat properly if you want to perform tasks well.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/don't X meUsed as a reply, it means "don't say X to me", where X is something that the interlocutor just said.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/first rule of X: do not talk about XSaid of something that must be kept confidential.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/I am X, hear me YUsed to draw attention to what one has to say. X can be anything; Y is usually "roar", but can be some other noise that X habitually makes.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/X, thy name is YUsed to say that something or somebody embodies a particular quality, usually a negative one. This phrase is said using this format: "X, thy name is Y", where X is the quality and Y is the person or thing with that quality.Rate it:

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as agile as a monkeythe agility of monkeys in well- known by everyone! to say that someone is agile as a monkey means that he is very agileRate it:

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as agile as a monkeyif you say someone is as agile as a monkey then you are saying that the person is able to move as fast and easy as a monkey; therefore, as agile as a monkey means being able to move as swift and easy as a monkeyRate it:

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as the case may beAs is appropriate to the circumstances; particularly where a choice must be made between two options.Rate it:

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as they sayA vague invocation of popular convention when introducing a phrase or expression, which may be accompanied by attribution to a source or locale in which the phrase or expression is used.Rate it:

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at a loss for wordsHaving nothing to say; stunned to the point of speechlessness.Rate it:

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be as silent as the graveto say absolutely nothing (especially about a particular subject)Rate it:

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before you can say jack robinsonVery quickly. Quicker than you expect.Rate it:

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before you can say knifeVery quickly; quicker than one expects.Rate it:

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beggars can't be choosers(proverb) When resources are limited, one must accept even substandard gifts.Rate it:

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better watch your mouth!Watch what you say....Rate it:

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bitter pillSomething unpleasant that must be accepted or endured.Rate it:

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bitter pill to swallowSomething unpleasant that must be accepted or endured.Rate it:

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blanket termA word or phrase that is used to describe multiple groups of related things. The degree of relation may vary. Blanket terms often trade specificity for ease-of-use; in other words, a blanket term by itself gives little detail about the things that it describes or the relationships between them, but is easy to say and remember. Blanket terms often originate as slang, and eventually become integrated into the general vocabulary.Rate it:

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blurt outTo say suddenly, without thinking.Rate it:

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business before pleasureAn admonishment that discharging one's obligations must take precedence over devoting time to pursuits meant solely for one's own gratification.Rate it:

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button upsay nothingRate it:

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c'est-à-direthat is to sayRate it:

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call a spade a spadeTo speak the truth; to say things as they really are.Rate it:

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can we sayUsed sarcastically to draw attention to a motive or agenda.Rate it:

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che sera seraUsed to express a personal philosophy of fatalism1604, Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus:Why then belike we must sin, / And so consequently die. / Aye, we must die an everlasting death. / What doctrine call you this ? Che, sera, sera: / What will be*, shall be; Divinity adieu. / These Metaphysics of Magicians, / And necromantic books, are heavenly.Rate it:

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come out withTo say something unexpected.Rate it:

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come si!, come 'sah'Say Yes! or NoRate it:

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comme quoiA phrase used to say that: this recent fact or result confirms what we always thought. : it goes to showRate it:

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cómo se dice...en ingléshow do you say...in English?Rate it:

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como se dizHow do you say in Portuguese?Rate it:

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cool heads must prevailAlternative form of cooler heads will prevail.Rate it:

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cooler heads must prevailAlternative form of cooler heads will prevail.Rate it:

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correlation does not imply causation(statistics) The observed correlation between two parameters, say, the growth of a market and the growth of a neighbor's child may, in fact, have nothing to do with each other's causation.Rate it:

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could go all dayOne has much to say about something, but chooses to say only a fraction of it.Rate it:

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cry out forTo say that a situation needs a thing, or a solution urgently.Rate it:

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daft as a brushDescribes someone who is known to do and say silly things.Rate it:

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das kann man wohl sagenyou can say that againRate it:

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das kannst du laut sagenyou can say that againRate it:

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Deus me perdoeI hate to say itRate it:

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digo yoThat's what I say; in my opinionRate it:

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do as i say and not as i doDon't imitate my behavior but obey my instructions.Rate it:

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do as I say, not as I doAlternative form of do as I say and not as I do.Rate it:

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don't pass goTo say that somebody is not to do anything without receiving further instructions.Rate it:

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don't pass goTo say that somebody is obliged to do something without question.Rate it:

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drop the micTo do or say something decisive, meaningful, or impressive.Rate it:

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dry upTo stop talking, to forget what one was going to say.Rate it:

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duty callsExpresses that the speaker has something they must do.Rate it:

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