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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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If it's been raining a lot before your trip, it can't hurt to bring dry twigs, sticks, and firewood (but don't transport firewood a long distance or across state lines.
When the plants went into dormancy and during the assessment in the following year, no symptoms of the disease on the twigs had been detected for the first inoculation test.
All unbrowsed summer and winter twigs were dried at 60 [degrees]C for 48 h in a drying oven.
Twigs with clusters of newly hatched larvae were cut from pinyon pine at 1,830 m (where I had never observed needle rust) and transferred to pinyon pine between 1 and 5 April 1996.
Western juniper foliage and twigs (5 to 10 cm in diameter) were collected from trees near Sisters, Oregon, in the Deschutes National Forest.
You will need: Twigs Rustic garden twine/string Embroidery thread Superglue Scissors Secateurs (for trimming the twigs into equal lengths).
It's hard to see them because they don't walk straight--they sway like twigs or leaves being blown in the wind.
Our results suggest that Red Squirrels in winter contribute Douglas-fir twigs to the forest floor.
Twigs and Knucklebones is her third collection and the title comes from a description of van Hausknecht: "his well-fleshed memory withered reluctantly / to a few twigs and knucklebones.
Materials: a collection of thick, relatively straight twigs, twine, scissors, measuring tape and pruning sheers
For instance, if you are walking in woodland try to guess what the different trees are by their winter buds and twigs, their size and shape.
I would guess that most readers of COUNTRYSIDE magazine live in the country and have access to lots of small twigs and branches.
One scientific mystery is the ability of moose to sustain themselves on leaves and twigs.
Spread glue on Top of the second stone, Carefully place the twigs on top of the glue, Put the smallest stone on top of the twigs and press gently into the glue.