#EngProverb: Proverbs with animal theme

  1. Barking dogs seldom biteMeaning: people who talk a lot or threaten may not be actually harmful.
  2. If you call one wolf, you invite the pack. Meaning: when you invite one sin into your life, no matter how small, it opens the door for far worse or one bad will lead to many.
  3. Don’t bargain for fish which are still in the water. Meaning: never count anything until you take possession of it.
  4. Calm water doesn’t mean that there are no crocodiles. Meaning: don’t be fooled by appearances; danger can be lurking just beneath the surface.
  5. The best fish swims near the bottom. Meaning: the finest things are hard to get.
  6. A night without roosters will still end. Meaning: hope does not necessarily have to be based on tangible signs.
  7. A dog cannot bite you when it has warned you. Meaning: one is not likely to fall into the trap of his enemy when the latter has warned him/her.
  8. A baboon laughs at the buttocks of another baboon. Meaning: everyone has his/her weakness.
  9. The hen pecks and wipes its beak. Meaning: many people are not ready to admit their mistakes. They deny having done anything wrong and clear away every proof.
  10. It has been always difficult for a hyena to go through two ways (at the same time). Meaning: opposite things cannot be done at the same time.
  11. The rat does not help the other rat to peel a piece of maize. Meaning: it is not always easy for people with the same problem to help each other.
  12. Those who go to examine rainwater puddle will meet scorpions (around it). Meaning: you’ll get into trouble if you’re too inquisitive.
  13. You leave your cow and you run after a snake for meat. Meaning: trying to get something better than what you already have, you may result in losing the very thing you had before.
  14. If a mouse enters into the hole of a mole, forget about it. Meaning: you don’t expect to win a case in someone else’s village.
  15. The beak of the bird is what tells us the things it eats. Meaning: your words reveal the kind of person you are.

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on July 21, 2012

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