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    ill weeds...

    Dear,
    The Dutch expression "onkruid vergaat niet" I found translated in:
    “Ill weeds grow apace”.
    This expression is not in your idioms database.
    Is it incorrectly translated or does there exist a better one?
    Thanks for your reply.
    Regards, Tom Hoekstra

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    Re: ill weeds...

    Thanks for this, I didn't know the proverb. Here's what I found on the web:

    Ill weeds grow apace.
    Nettles are never frostbitten.
    Vices are learnt without a master.

    Proverbs > Weeds

    If you want to sound erudite, you can also use a Latin maxim:

    Herba mala (mala herba) cito crescit.

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    Re: ill weeds...

    Like BC, I had never heard this proverb.

    I tried searching to see if I could come up with a more natural alternative and discovered, to my surprise, that it does appear to be an English proverb.

    We live and learn.

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    Re: ill weeds...

    FYI - Another weeds-based proverb (either quoted or coined by Shakespeare) is 'Lilies that fester smell far/[much? - some monosyllable] worse than weeds.'

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    Re: ill weeds...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    FYI - Another weeds-based proverb (either quoted or coined by Shakespeare) is 'Lilies that fester smell far/[much? - some monosyllable] worse than weeds.'
    Lilies That Fester - CSLBOOKCLUB.COM

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    #6

    Re: ill weeds...

    Bad grass grows best

    or

    It's always the weeds that grow the best.

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