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as a man sows, so shall he reap
proverb A person's actions dictate the consequences they encounter. The phrase is Biblical in origin. Of course you're exhausted in class—you stay up too late! As a man sows, so shall he reap. He spent years trying to avoid paying taxes, and now he's facing nearly 10 years in prison for it. As a man sows, so shall he reap.
as you sow, so shall you reap
proverb Your actions dictate the consequences. The phrase is Biblical in origin. Of course you're exhausted in class—you stay up too late! As you sow, so shall you reap. He spent years trying to avoid paying taxes, and now he's facing nearly 10 years in prison for it. As you sow, so shall you reap.
blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed
proverb Having high expectations often leads to disappointment when the desired result does not occur, so keeping expectations low will save one from being disappointed. I promised myself I wouldn't get my hopes up, so when I found out that my first-choice school had rejected me, I was actually OK with it. Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
come as no surprise
To be completely unsurprising. Considering how much they had been fighting lately, their break-up came as no surprise. If you didn't study for that test at all, your failing grade should come as no surprise.
East is East and West is West (and never the twain shall meet)
proverb Said of two things are too different to ever be agreeable or harmonious. The phrase comes from a Rudyard Kipling poem. If you learn young that East is East and West is West, you won't waste time trying to convert people to your views.
never the twain shall meet
These two people, things, or groups are so fundamentally different from one another that they will never be able to coexist or think alike. Primarily heard in US. My best friend is a staunch conservative, while my brother is a hardcore liberal, and never the twain shall meet.
seek and ye shall find
proverb You will find inevitably what you are looking for if you look hard enough or in the right way. A: "There are no jobs out there!" B: "No, there are plenty of jobs out there. You just need to be willing to broaden your scope a bit. Seek and ye shall find."
Shall I be mother?
An offer to pour tea or serve food, as it was traditionally the mother who served such things in the household. Primarily heard in UK. The tea's ready. Shall I be mother?
See also: shall
speak of the devil, and he shall appear
proverb An acknowledgment of a person who has arrived just as or after they were being discussed. John: "Hey everyone, sorry I'm late!" Dave: "Well, speak of the devil, and he shall appear! We were just talking about something funny you said the other day."
talk of the devil, and he shall appear
proverb An acknowledgment of a person who has arrived just as or after they were being discussed. John: "Hey everyone, sorry I'm late!" Dave: "Well, talk of the devil, and he shall appear! We were just chatting about something funny you said the other day."
this too shall happen to you
You will eventually experience the same thing that someone else is currently experiencing. Don't tease me for walking so slow, my back hurts! This too shall happen to you, you know—you won't be 25 forever.
this too shall pass (away)
Nothing is permanent. This phrase is often used as encouragement to remind someone that a bad or unpleasant situation will eventually end. While I was going through my divorce, I was constantly reminding myself that this too shall pass. I know you're grieving now, but believe me, this too shall pass.
this too will pass
Nothing is permanent. This phrase is often used as encouragement to remind someone that a bad or unpleasant situation will eventually end. While I was going through my divorce, I was constantly reminding myself that this too will pass. I know you're grieving now, but believe me, this too will pass.
who shall remain nameless
Used to specify that someone will remain anonymous in a discussion so as to avoid embarrassing them, getting them into trouble, or to highlight that they already know what they've done. It seems that one of our technicians, who shall remain nameless, failed to properly shut down the system before maintenance took place, resulting in outages across the city. Someone, who shall remain nameless, spilled coffee on the photocopier, so it will be out of commission for the next week or so.
will be along
Is or will be on one's way; is or will be coming. Other modal verbs, such as "should" or "would," can be used instead of "will. John will be along soon. He just had to make another stop on the way home. I thought Janet would be along by now.
See also: will
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As you sow, so shall you reap,and As a man sows, so shall he reap.
Prov. Things will happen to you good or bad, according to how you behave. (Biblical.) You should stop being so cruel to other people. As you sow, so shall you reap. Fred built an immense fortune by swindling others, but lost it all when someone swindled him. As a man sows, so shall he reap.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Prov. If you do not expect good things to happen, you will not be disappointed when they fail to happen. Ellen: This is going to be the best vacation we've ever had; we're going to have fun every minute of every day. Fred: Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Jill: Do you think you'll win the contest? Jane: I like to keep in mind that blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
come as no surprise
will not be surprising [for someone] to learn [something]. It will come as no surprise for you to learn that the company is losing money this year. It came as no surprise that the president had been lying.
Seek and ye shall find.
Prov. If you search hard enough for something, you will find it. (Biblical. Can imply that the only thing you need to do to get something is look for it.) The bookstore on the corner is an excellent one. Any book you want, just seek and ye shall find.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
never the twain shall meetor
ne'er the twain shall meetLITERARY
People say never the twain shall meet or ne'er the twain shall meet when they believe that there are so many differences between two groups of people or two groups of things that they can never exist together. The British education system is notorious for separating the sciences and the humanities. This academic `ne'er the twain shall meet' policy does not always reflect the needs of the real world. Note: People often vary this expression. For example, they say that the twain should meet or the twain are not supposed to meet. Although they recognised differences between East and West, they went on to argue that the twain should and must meet. Note: `Twain' is an old-fashioned word meaning two. This is a quotation from `The Ballad of East and West' (1889) by the English poet Rudyard Kipling: `Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.'
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
never the twain shall meettwo people or things are too different to exist alongside or understand each other.
This phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem ‘The Ballad of East and West’ ( 1892 ): ‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet’.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
somebody, who will/shall remain/be ˈnameless(humorous) used to say that you will not mention somebody’s name, either because the people listening to you already know who you are talking about, or because you do not want to embarrass somebody: Somebody, who will remain nameless, actually managed to drink two bottles of champagne!
never the ˌtwain shall ˈmeet(saying) used to say that two things are so different that they cannot exist together: People in the area where I grew up were either landowners or farmers, and never the twain shall meet.
Twain is an old word meaning ‘two’.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
seek and ye shall find
If you want something, look for it. This pragmatic advice dates from ancient Greek times and appears in ancient Roman and Chinese sources as well. It crops up in the Bible: “Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7– 8). Despite the archaic ye, it is still current.
this, too, shall/will pass
These troubles are temporary; be patient and things will work out. This term originally was used in a very serious way about the fleeting nature of human life, words, and endeavors. It was so used in the biblical Apocrypha (ca. 100 b.c.), as well as later philosophical writings. The current cliché is a more lighthearted expression of forbearance.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer