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the nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat

The last parts of something are the most enjoyable. Some of my terminally ill patients have said that they enjoy life more once they know that death is imminent. The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat, I guess.
See also: meat, nearer, sweeter

nearer the church, the farther from God

Prov. Church officials, or people who live near the church, are not truly pious. Jill: I think our pastor is an evil man. Jane: I didn't think evil men could be pastors. Jill: Of course they can! The nearer the church, the farther from God.
See also: farther, god, nearer
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Earth's satellite will be 16,140 miles nearer than its average of 238,900 miles.
For people in my area, Birmingham, and certainly Worcester, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow and Shrewsbury are much, much nearer than Swansea, Cardiff, Wrexham or even Abergavenny.
As Christmas gets ever nearer, the problem is going to get ever worse.
Jayanne English, of the University of Manitoba, said that they can use the radio waves from the background galaxy, coming through the nearer one, as a way to measure the properties of the nearer galaxy.
We had to endure five long years of trouble, a bit worse than Canada now, but it seems inevitable to come nearer and nearer here.
But usually the mystic goes on to build this theory nearer and nearer to his wishes--which may be naive--paying less and less attention to any evidence that might modify or disprove it.
Through my lens, I tracked Wishfull Thinking coming to the fence in the lead on the first circuit and as he fell he was getting nearer and nearer.
alert--closer-- nearer now the chasing before your pots can
As the day approaches nearer, the enthusiasm among children, all men and women, young and old develops alike who have already started showing keen interest in buying national flags, stickers and badges from shops to celebrate the Day.
1 : to come near or nearer : draw close <This train is approaching the station.
BIRMINGHAM v READING TODAY 3PM: Reading defender Ulises de la Cruz is hungry for goals after moving nearer to his favourite restaurant.
Violent storms include the 1888 blizzard in the central part of the Commonwealth and the 1978 blizzard nearer Boston, the 1938 hurricane in New England and the 1953 Worcester tornado.
Wait until our Dave gets his skates on nearer to an election, and with the ongoing inquiries that could be nearer than we think.
Not only is this bill good for recyclers," says William Turley, executive director of CMRA and associate publisher of Construction & Demolition Recycling, "it also is good for the taxpayers in the state because in most parts of California recycled aggregates for roadbase are priced lower than natural aggregate, or at least the same price, and they are almost always nearer to the project," he adds.
Not only is this bill good for recyclers," says William Turley, executive director of the CMRA and associate publisher of Construction & Demolition Recycling, "it also is good for the taxpayers in the state because in most parts of California recycled aggregates for roadbase are priced lower than natural aggregate, or at least the same price, and they are almost always nearer to the project so trucking needs are reduced.