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don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs

An older person is wiser and more experienced and worldly than a young person may think—thus, the older person does not need to be taught. I may be 70, but I've been using a computer since before you were born! Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs, sonny!
See also: egg, grandmother, suck, teach

teach one's grandmother to suck eggs

Fig. to try to tell or show someone more knowledgeable or experienced than oneself how to do something. Don't suggest showing Mary how to knit. It will be like teaching your grandmother to suck eggs. Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs. Bob has been playing tennis for years.
See also: egg, grandmother, suck, teach

teach your grandmother to suck eggs

  (British & Australian)
to give advice to someone about a subject that they already know more about than you You're teaching your grandmother to suck eggs, Ted. I've been playing this game since before you were born!
See also: egg, grandmother, suck, teach
References in classic literature ?
All through the night as the train rattled along, the grandmother told Tom tales of Winesburg and of how he would enjoy his life working in the fields and shooting wild things in the woods there.
White, the banker's wife, employed his grandmother to work in the kitchen and he got a place as stable boy in the bank- er's new brick barn.
While my grandmother was busy about supper, I settled myself on the wooden bench behind the stove and got acquainted with the cat-- he caught not only rats and mice, but gophers, I was told.
Grandmother had told me while she was getting supper that he was an Austrian who came to this country a young boy and had led an adventurous life in the Far West among mining-camps and cow outfits.
He told them how the Dragon had been outwitted by his grandmother, and how he had heard from his own lips the answer to the riddle.
He learned, easily, that the boy was traveling alone with his invalid grandmother, and that their destination was a small port on the west coast of Africa, a little below the equator; that their name was Billings, and that they had no friends in the little settlement for which they were bound.
The task of lowering the boy's grandmother over the side to a waiting canoe was rather difficult.
I know what I am saying," continued the marchioness; "I must hurry you, so that, as she has no mother, she may at least have a grandmother to bless her marriage.
But of this the charming girl never thought; she lived more for her grandmother than for herself, and so long as that venerated relative, almost the only one that remained to her on earth, did not suffer or repine, she herself could be comparatively happy.
the Grandmother at last ejaculated, to dissipate the silence.
The grandmother lived out in the wood, half a league from the village, and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood, a wolf met her.
If Ellen had consented to come and live with her grandmother it must surely be because she had recognised the impossibility of giving him up.
The Lord High Chigglewitz sat at the head of the table and Grandmother Gnit at the foot, and the guests had a merry time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
It is the white bees that are swarming," said Kay's old grandmother.
My mother left me to my grandmother,' said Bounderby; 'and, according to the best of my remembrance, my grandmother was the wickedest and the worst old woman that ever lived.