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

proverb Those who remain flexible and adaptable will be able to survive change, hardship, or adversity more easily than those who try to challenge or stand against it. The CEO doesn't tolerate people who won't go along with his ideas or change to meet his demands. A reed before the wind lives on, at least when you're working at this company. Luckily, I had diversified a lot of my revenue streams before the economic crash hit, so I was able to change tack and withstand the blow better than the large companies that had no room to maneuver. A reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks to fall.
See also: before, lives, mighty, oak, reed, while, wind

great oaks from little acorns grow

Large and powerful things once were very small and insignificant. It's hard to believe that her successful clothing line was once a small business run from her tiny studio apartment. Great oaks from little acorns grow.
See also: acorn, great, grow, little, oak

high and mighty

Haughty and scornful. How can you act so high and mighty after all the mistakes you've made?
See also: and, high, mighty

how the mighty are fallen

Used to indicate the decline or failure of a person, group, or entity who used to be very successful, powerful, important, etc. The phrase can be humorously or sarcastically applied to everyday situations. A variant of the phrase "how the mighty have fallen." A: "Did you hear that that famous actress is probably going to jail after all?" B: "Oh wow, no I hadn't. How the mighty are fallen, huh?" Joan has to clean her own house these days? Oh, how the mighty are fallen! The country used to be an economic superpower, but now it is regarded with distrust and disdain by leaders around the world. How the mighty are fallen, indeed.
See also: fallen, how, mighty

how the mighty have fallen

Used to indicate the decline or failure of a person, group, or entity who used to be very successful, powerful, important, etc. The phrase can be humorously or sarcastically applied to everyday situations. The phrase originated in the Bible. A: "Did you hear that that famous actress is probably going to jail after all?" B: "Oh wow. How the mighty have fallen." Joan has to clean her own house these days? Oh, how the mighty have fallen! The country used to be an economic superpower, but now it is regarded with distrust and disdain by leaders around the world. How the mighty have fallen, indeed.
See also: fallen, have, how, mighty

mighty nigh

colloquial, old-fashioned Very close to; almost; nearly. Hey, don't feel bad that you're still single—shoot, I was mighty nigh 40 by the time I met my wife! I heard it's going to be mighty nigh 100 degrees on Saturday. She was mighty nigh frozen to death by the time we fished her out of that lake.
See also: mighty, nigh

mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Large and powerful things once were very small and insignificant. It's hard to believe that her successful clothing line was once a small business run from her tiny studio apartment. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.
See also: acorn, grow, little, mighty, oak

the pen is mightier than the sword

proverb Strong, eloquent, or well-crafted speech or writing is more influential on a greater number of people than force or violence. Through his hugely popular online campaign, the writer has harnessed the voices of millions of people to have the government stop its violent intervention in the region, proving that the pen truly is mightier than the sword.
See also: mighty, pen, sword
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

high-and-mighty

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

great oaks from little acorns grow

People say great oaks from little acorns grow when they want to say that large and successful things can begin in a small way. It is going to take at least five seasons before the new club can take its rightful place in the third division. Still, great oaks from little acorns grow. Note: Other adjectives can be used instead of great and little. Henry Ford did not start his operations by hiring 330,000 employees and opening hundreds of factories in his first year. Remember, mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow. Note: Acorns are the nuts that grow on oak trees.
See also: acorn, great, grow, little, oak
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

high and mighty

1 important and influential. 2 thinking or acting as though you are more important than others; arrogant. informal
See also: and, high, mighty

the pen is mightier than the sword

writing is more effective than military power or violence. proverb
See also: mighty, pen, sword
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ˌhigh and ˈmighty

(informal) behaving as though you think you are more important than other people: He’s too high and mighty to mix with ordinary people like us!
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the ˌpen is ˌmightier than the ˈsword

(saying) people who write books, poems, etc. have a greater effect on history and human affairs than soldiers and wars
Mightier means ‘stronger’ or ‘more powerful’.
See also: mighty, pen, sword
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

high and mighty

Arrogant, conceited. Although originally used to describe either spiritual or temporal rulers, this term soon came to mean individuals who used their position of real or imagined power to act haughtily. Thus, while fifteenth- and sixteenth-century sources might address a ruler as “Right heigh and mighty Prince” (as in Hall’s Chronicle of Edward IV, 1548), a century later Richard Whitlock (Zoötamia, 1654) would write of “their high and mighty word, Experience.” It was a cliché by the time Thackeray wrote, “Some of these bankers are as high and mighty as the oldest families” (The Newcomes, 1855).
See also: and, high, mighty

pen is mightier than the sword, the

Writing is more powerful and effective than fighting. This adage appeared as a proverb in 1571 (“No more sword to be feared than the learned pen”) and then took a slightly different form in Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621): “The pen is worse than the sword.” It has quite naturally appealed to writers ever since. Time magazine (1990) used “The Pen Is Mightier” as a headline for a piece announcing that Poland had a journalist as its new prime minister, Czechoslovakia a playwright as president, and Hungary an English translator as president.
See also: mighty, pen
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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