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Great oaks from little acorns grow, and Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

Prov. Immense things can come from small sources. Don't tell lies, not even small ones. Great oaks from little acorns grow.
See also: acorn, and, great, little, mighty, oak


Fig. self-important and arrogant. I don't know why William is so high-and-mighty. He's no better than the rest of us. The boss acts high-and-mighty because he can fire us all.

How the mighty have fallen.

Prov. a jovial or mocking way of remarking that someone is doing something that he or she used to consider very demeaning. Jill: Ever since Fred's wife left him, he has had to cook his own meals. Jane: Well! How the mighty have fallen! When Dan lost his money, he had to sell his expensive sports car. Now he drives an ugly old sedan. How the mighty have fallen.
See also: fallen, have, how, mighty

pen is mightier than the sword

Prov. Eloquent writing persuades people better than military force. Believing that the pen is mightier than the sword, the rebels began publishing an underground newspaper. Alan: Why do you want to become a journalist? Bill: The pen is mightier than the sword.
See also: mighty, pen, sword

reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks do fall

Prov. An insignificant, flexible person is more likely not to get hurt in a crisis than a prominent or rigid person. Our office has new managers now; I plan to be as inconspicuous as possible while they reorganize everyone. A reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks do fall.
See also: before, fall, lives, mighty, oak, reed, wind

high and mighty

as if you are more important than other people The members of the club all act high and mighty.
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high and mighty

someone who is high and mighty behaves as if they are more important than other people Ellie's started acting all high and mighty since she got her promotion. (humorous)
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Great/Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

something that you say in order to emphasize that a large, successful organization or plan was very small or simple when it began Microsoft, which is now the biggest independent software company in the world, was founded in 1975 by just two men. It goes to show that great oaks from little acorns grow.
See also: acorn, great, grow, little, oak

The pen is mightier than the sword.

something that you say which means thinking and writing have more influence on people and events than the use of force or violence Reason is our greatest weapon against such tyrants. The pen is mightier than the sword.
See also: mighty, pen, sword

high and mighty

Conceited, haughty, as in She was too high and mighty to make her own bed. This expression originally alluded to high-born rulers and was being transferred to the merely arrogant by the mid-1600s.
See also: and, high, mighty
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The challenge, though, is relating the often untapped mind of Scripture so everyone can wake up ready to the mightiness that sleeps within us
The reason for the US hostility towards the Iranian nation is not the nuclear issue, rather the US believes that Iran's scientific progress will contribute to Iran's mightiness and power and it is, hence, pressuring Iran through sanctions to prevent its scientific advancement," Tehran's deputy Mohammad Soleimani said, addressing a conference in Tehran.
Of the several musical gems, ranging from the traditional early 20th century mightiness of Alan Gray's What are these that glow from afar?
And a midfield performance of Legionnaire's mightiness from him too, with the two strikes which shattered Leverkusen within the opening minutes a direct result of his domination of the midfield.
By not possessing such illusions of mightiness, it has achieved a warm, endearing quality.
An independent judging panel selected the 10 finalist videos from all qualified entries based on the following judging criteria: Appropriateness to the "Mighty Dog(R) Nation: The Movie" theme (demonstrates attitudes bigger than size); Mightiness of the Moment (clear demonstration of the entry category behaviors); and Star Potential (engaging and entertaining).
The mightiness and power of our Armed Forces has resulted in the Islamic Republic of Iran's effective and determining role in all regional decision-makings," Biqam stated.
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He underlined the importance of establishment of stability and security in the Persian Gulf, and said, "With the help of our military forces' complete mightiness and power, we prevent any measure which leads to instability and insecurity in the region.
He stressed the necessity for a high level of military preparedness to defend the country, and noted, "The grandeur and mightiness of the country's Armed Forces is a deterrent element against enemies' recent aggressions and threats.
Akbarian reiterated that the mightiness and progress of the Iranian Armed Forces are indebted to their own industrious efforts and the wise guidance and leadership of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
All the Iranian Armed Forces are at a high level of preparedness and mightiness and they are monitoring the regional and trans-regional moves and threats," Pourdastan said on Thursday.
Noting that enemies are not interested in the progress and development of the independent countries in different political, economic and cultural fields, he reiterated that arrogant powers seek poverty and weakness of the world nations and even make them face barriers and obstacles on their path towards progress and mightiness.
Ahmadinejad said that the hegemonic and imperialist powers have mobilized all their possibilities against independent countries, and stated, "The independent nations can change the status quo in the world to their own benefit through solidarity and mightiness.