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    Dear teachers,

    Is this an English proverb? What does it mean?

    "Nobody knows were the hobo goes but Jesus"

    Thanks a lot and Merry Christmas to all.
    Hela

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    Re: proverb

    I don't know if it's a proverb or not, but it's saying:
    no one but God knows where the hobo goes

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    Re: proverb

    Hello AintFoolin,

    What does it mean?

    To all,

    Would you please give me the meaning of these sayings? Are they proverbs?

    1) To carry coals to Newcastle.

    2) a) To him that has shall more be given.
    (= The more we have, the more we get ? or something like that?)

    Is it the same as:
    b) Money makes money?

    3) Still waters run deep.

    4) You can't have your cake and eat it.

    Thanks a lot.
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    Hela
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    Re: proverb

    Hello again,

    Is the following a proverb ?

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    Re: proverb

    1) stumps me, but I betcha tdol'll know. 2) means, you have to give to receive. The assumption is that those who have things or money and share with others will in return gain spiritual wealth. It is similar to b): you have to spend money in order to make money. 3) means, appearances can be deceptive. A person who is quite may be thinking deep thoughts. As for 4), I've heard of 'cake', but not 'cat'. Is that a typo? If so, then 'cake' means, you can have the best of both worlds: you can bake the cake and you can eat it, too. For example, working mothers have the best of both worlds: they can eat their cake and eat it, too. They work in the office as paid employees and they work at home taking care of the family. If 'cat' is not a typo, it's a play on words, say something you'd find on a dog related object: "Spot, you can have your cat and eat it, too." It carries the same meaning as 'cake'.

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    Re: proverb

    They used to extract coal in Newcastle, so bringing coal there was utterly pointless.
    "Money makes money" means that you have so much options and opportunites to make more money when you already have some, that it almost looks like having money is enough in itself to get even more.
    "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" is a proverb indeed.

    FRC

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    Re: proverb

    Thank you for your replies,

    What does "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" mean? Does it have a French equivalent?

    All the best,
    Hela

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    Re: proverb

    It is pretty self-explanatory; one should work and enjoy himself in other activities for his balance. I can't think of a French equivalent offhand.

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    Re: proverb

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please give me the meaning of the following proverbs ?

    1) A good name is easier to lost than won. (correct ?)

    2) Blood is thicker than water.

    3) Tomorrow never comes. / Tomorrow never dies. (??)

    4) Procrastination is the thief of time. =
    What may be done at any time is done at no time. (?)

    5) There is no time like the present. (is this a proverb?)

    6) One of these days is none of these days.

    7) Itís the pot calling the kettle black.

    8) Itís dogged that does it.

    9) Familiarity breeds contempt. = Respect is greater from a distance. (?)

    10) Gain at the expense of reputation should be called loss.

    I hope it isn't too long...

    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    Re: proverb

    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    Thank you for your replies,

    What does "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" mean? Does it have a French equivalent?

    All the best,
    Hela
    I'm not sure where it comes from, but it may be related to the nursery rhymn Jack and Jill:

    Jack and Jill
    went up the hill
    to fetch a pail of water.
    Jack fell down
    and broke his crown
    and Jill came tumbling after.

    Poor Jack: work, work, work.

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