What proverb describes getting out from trouble but ending up in another one?

I remember reading something like “out from something’s mouth/jaws (like a dragon) and into another…” Answer It’s not a dragon, but it’s nevertheless very warm: Out of the frying pan into the fire The phrase out of the frying pan into the fire is used to describe the situation of moving or getting from a … Read more

How many birds in the bush?

There is a well known proverb, A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush However, I have discovered that the earliest English version of this proverb according to phrases.org.uk is found in John Capgrave’s The Life of St Katharine of Alexandria, 1450: “It is more sekyr [certain] a byrd in your fest, … Read more

Double meanings of English proverbs

I recently read a long list of English proverbs and strongly felt that a considerable number of them have a double meaning, despite that the explanations of the proverbs provide only one meaning for each proverb. I am curious as to whether native English speakers see double meanings of English proverbs as I do and, … Read more

“Whatever a Russian does, they end up making the Kalashnikov gun”? Are there any similar proverbs in English?

I’m translating a Russian blog post into English and got stuck with the proverb, “Whatever a Russian does, they end up making the Kalashnikov gun.” (Humorously meaning it’s hard or even impossible to get past established patterns of doing things.) Are there any similar proverbs in the English language? I was trying to omit the … Read more

Being honest with minor things but being dishonest about big issues

I was looking for a proverb or a saying that describes the hypocrisy of a local dictator at a non profit organization who held and managed fake elections in which he was running for the president position which he won. Everybody was laughing at its faulty procedures and the obvious conflict of interest. Interestingly, last … Read more

Devil take the hindmost!

I came across the following old proverb in which I noticed that a bare infinitive verb is used after a singular subject. Devil take the hindmost. My question is: was it normal at that time to use a bare infinitive verb in such constructions? Answer ‘The Devil take the hindmost’ in the early sixteenth century … Read more