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Idiom Category: Religion, Page 2
Practise what you preach
If you practise what you preach, you do what you say other people should do.(In American English, the verb is 'practice')
Preaching to the choir
If someone preaches to the choir, they talking about a subject or issue with which their audience already agrees. ('Preaching to the converted' is an alternative form.)
A prodigal son is a young man who wastes a lot on money on a lavish lifestyle. If the prodigal son returns, they return to a better way of living.
Right church, wrong pew
Right church, wrong pew means that someone is very nearly right, but someting is wrong.
Road to hell is paved with good intentions
When people say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they mean that positive intentions may have negative outcomes.
If someone has some character defects, but has a characteristic that compensate for their failings and shortcomings, this is their saving grace.
Sell your soul
If someone sells their soul, their betray the most precious beliefs.
If you are in seventh heaven, you are extremely happy.
Sing from the same hymn sheet
If people are singing from the same hymn sheet, they are expressing the same opinions in public.
Slough of despond
If someone is very depressed or in despair, they're in a slough of despond.
Speak of the devil!
If you are talking about someone and they happen to walk in, you can use this idiom as a way of letting them know you were talking about them.
If you tempt providence, you take a risk that may well have unpleasant consequences. ('Tempt fate' is also used.)
To err is human, to forgive divine
This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven.
Vale of tears
This vale of tears is the world and the suffering that life brings.
When hell freezes over
An impossible or very unlikely situation or event
Wing and a prayer
If you do something on a wing and a prayer, you try to do something and hope you'll succeed even though you have very little chance of success.
Your sins will find you out
This idiom means that things you do wrong will become known.
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