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barking dogs seldom bite

People who make themselves appear threatening rarely do any harm. A: "I'm really scared to tell Mr. White that I haven't finished my project. You know how he yells." B: "Yeah, but barking dogs seldom bite. He'll get over it."
See also: bark, bite, dog, seldom

desert and reward seldom keep company

One will often not receive an anticipated reward. Don't get too hopeful that the teacher will recognize your hard work because desert and reward seldom keep company.

Desert and reward seldom keep company.

Prov. If you deserve a reward, you are not necessarily going to get it. Jill: I worked so hard on that project, and Fred is taking all the credit for it. Jane: You know how it goes; desert and reward seldom keep company.

Things are seldom what they seem.

Prov. Things often appear different from what they really are. Emily seems to be a fine young lady, but be careful. Things are seldom what they seem. To judge from his elegant clothing and luxurious car, William was a wealthy man. But things are seldom what they seem; in fact, he was in desperate need of money.
See also: seem, seldom, Thing, what
References in classic literature ?
Whatever may be the other qualities of a border man, he is seldom deficient in the virtue of hospitality.
Though I have spent some years, in this quarter, I can hardly be called a settler, seeing that I have no regular abode, and seldom pass more than a month, at a time, on the same range.
Even the savage animals travel miles on miles to seek their dens; and yet the wind seldom blows from the east, but I conceit the sound of axes, and the crash of falling trees, are in my ears.
As the old man spoke with the seriousness and dignity that age seldom fails to communicate even to less striking sentiments, his auditors were deeply attentive, and as silent as the grave.
He did not seem to have roused a single sensation in the breast of his companion, and it was seldom that the elegant possessor of three hundred thousand dollars failed to do so, wherever he went, or whatever he did.
It is seldom that I have much health to boast of," replied the youth, in a feeble voice, and with a still feebler smile.
She is ever disposed to find fault with them; they can seldom do any thing to please her; she is never better pleased than when she sees them under the lash, especially when she suspects her husband of showing to his mulatto children favors which he withholds from his black slaves.
He then signed to Heyward to assist the sisters into the saddles, for he seldom deigned to use the English tongue, unless urged by some motive of more than usual moment.
As he performed this office, he whispered his reviving hopes in the ears of the trembling females, who, through dread of encountering the savage countenances of their captors, seldom raised their eyes from the ground.
But the savage, during all this time, seldom turned to look at his followers, and never spoke.
After all, if they were in pursuit of an artificial trail laid by one of their people over a safe and set course they should seldom come into conflict with rural workers and residents.
New Zealand stories seldom travel, but this exceptional true tale has potential, as Curtis' stunning performance gives the film an edge seldom found in the genre, with its typically mellow style.
HAPLESS Kirk Sutherland from Coronation Street has seldom been coronation Street has seldom been called Prince Charming.
Seldom Scene is a new album from Seldom Scene, a talented, Grammy-nominated bluegrass band whose musical exuberance has remained popular for over four decades.
Cypriot women who replied that they never or seldom exercise reach an astounding 72% compared to 57% for men.