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as the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined

One's actions as an adult are dictated by behaviors learned in childhood. I can't believe she still doesn't listen to other people. I guess it's true that as the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.
See also: inclined, tree, twig

hop the twig

1. obsolete To die. The poor man lay in bed for nearly a fortnight, out of his mind with fever and delirium. Finally, in the early hours of Friday, he hopped the twig and passed into a peaceful, eternal sleep.
2. obsolete To leave something or some place very quickly or suddenly. Investigators believe the money lender hopped the twig to America after suspicions about the legality of his business arose.
See also: hop, twig

As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.

Prov. A grown person will act the way he or she was taught to act as a child. Alice's parents thought it was cute when she threw tantrums, and you'll notice that she still throws tantrums now that she's grown up. As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined. Don't encourage your son to be so greedy. As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.
See also: inclined, tree, twig

hop the twig (or stick)

1 depart suddenly. 2 die. British informal
See also: hop, twig
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However, the correlation accounted for only 22% of the variation in larval survival, and I did not confirm the presence of needle rust on the specific twigs to which the larvae were transferred.
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We then clipped approximately 300 twig tips from branches to dimensions similar to those we had earlier taken and measured from our plots.
Fold each piece in half and loop the middle over the end of your first twig, about a quarter inch in from the end.
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