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    where the idioms originated

    I have a list of english idioms for my class but the assignment is ask for probably if I can find is where the idioms originated. here are a few

    A bit much If something is excessive or annoying, it is a bit much. A day late and a dollar short (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late. A fool and his money are soon parted This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom. A fool at 40 is a fool forever If someone hasn't matured by the time they reach forty, they never will. A little bird told me If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them. A little learning is a dangerous

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    Re: where the idioms originated

    Quote Originally Posted by ronnycopeh View Post
    I have a list of english idioms for my class but the assignment is ask for probably if I can find is where the idioms originated. here are a few
    I have a list of English idioms for my class, and the assignment is to find out where they originated and what hey mean. Here are a few.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronnycopeh View Post
    A bit much If something is excessive or annoying, it is a bit much. A day late and a dollar short (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late. A fool and his money are soon parted This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom. A fool at 40 is a fool forever If someone hasn't matured by the time they reach forty, they never will. A little bird told me If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them. A little learning is a dangerous
    A fool and his money are soon parted. You are partly right. Somebody who is foolish with money spends it not only quickly but also wastefully. (The second part is as important as the first.)

    A little learning is a dangerous thing. More is better.
    ~R

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