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critical of people trying to get ahead.

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 thing

 

A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.eg. he said he'd done a course on home electrics, but when he tried to mend my table lamp, he fused all the lights! I think a little learning is a dangerous thing

 

A long row to hoe

 

Something that is a long row to hoe is a difficult task that takes a long time.

 

A lost ball in the high weeds

 

A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.

 

A lot on my plate

 

If you have got a lot on your plate, you are very busy and have commitments.

 

A month of Sundays

 

A month of Sundays is a long period of time: I haven't seen her in a month of Sundays.

 

A OK

 

If things are A OK, they are absolutely fine.

 

A penny for your thoughts

 

This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about.

 

A penny saved is a penny earned

 

This means that we shouldn't spend or waste money, but try to save it.

 

A picture is worth a thousand words

 

A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description.

 

A poor man's something

 

Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else, but is not as good is a poor man's version; a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde.

 

A pretty penny

 

If something costs a pretty penny, it is very expensive.

 

A problem shared is a problem halved

 

If you talk about your problems, it will make you feel better.

 

A rising tide lifts all boats

 

This idiom, coined by John F Kennedy, describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it.

 

A rolling stone gathers no moss

 

People say this to mean that an ambitious person is more successful than a person not trying to achieve anything. Originally it meant the opposite and was

 

A shallow brook babbles the loudest

 

People who are loud and talk a lot usually have nothing of substance to say. This contrasts with "Still waters run deep." Other versions are "Shallow brooks babble loudest" and "Shallow brooks are noisy."

 

A slice off a cut loaf is never missed

 

Used colloquially to describe having sexual intercourse with someone who is not a virgin, especially when they are in a relationship. The analogy refers to a loaf of bread; it is not readily apparent, once the end has been removed, exactly how many slices have been taken.('You never miss a slice from a cut loaf' is also used.)

A steal

If something is a steal, it costs much less than it is really worth.

A still tongue keeps a wise head

Wise people don't talk much.

A textbook case

A textbook case, it is a classic or common example of something.

A watched pot never boils

Some things work out in their own time, so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer.

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