Dictionary of Proverbs (page 1/6)

[picture: Front cover, Divers Proverbs]

Title: Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: Bailey, Nathan

City: London

Date: 1917

Total items: 48

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[picture: As sure as God's in Gloucestershire;  Every Man thinks his own Geese Swans.]
[picture: A Burnt Child dreads the Fire]
[picture: Many Words will not fill a Bushel;  The younger Brother the better Gentleman.]
[picture: One Man had better steal a Horse than another look over the Hedge;  [woodcut: highayman with hat and cape leads a horse]]
[picture: He who has a mind to beat a Dog will easily find a Stick; Naught is never in Danger; Faint Heart never won fair Lady.]

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Page images and pictures from Nathan Bailey’s 1721 Dictionary of Proverbs.

This is the Table of contents; there is also a transcription with the definitions and explanations. I used a 1917 edition from Yale University and the Oxford University Press, which is now out of copyright.

I also have Nathan Bailey’s Canting Dictionary online.


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