"Half a loaf is better than _________."
"Half a loaf is better than no loaf."
'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a __________ step.'
'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.'
'Jack of all trades, __________ of none.'
'Jack of all trades, master of none.'
'Necessity is the _______________ of invention.'
'Necessity is the mother of invention.'
'Speak softly and carry a _______________."
'Speak softly and carry a big stick."
"Straight from the __________ mouth."
"Straight from the horse's mouth."
"Take it down a ___________ or two."
"Take it down a peg or two."
"Time and __________ wait for no man."
"Time and tide wait for no man."
"An empty vessel makes ____________."
"An empty vessel makes much noise."
"Better to wear out than to ___________ out."
"Better to wear out than to rust out."
"Cowards die many times before __________________."
"Cowards die many times before their deaths."
"Curses, like chickens, ________________."
"Curses, like chickens, come home to roost."
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"Every man is the architect ___________."
"Every man is the architect of his destiny."
"It’s easy to be wise _________________."
"It’s easy to be wise after the event."
"It takes two to make _____________."
"It takes two to make a quarrel."
That's a Fail
Bravo for having a go at this quiz, because few can master the obscure phrases we have picked out. Still, we hope this bit of fun has taught you a few phrases you can impress your friends with. That’ll give you the boost you need to learn even more! Better luck next time!
You Could Have Done Better...
This wasn't a triumph since you got less than half of the proverbs right. That said, there's lots of room for improvement. Why not try some of our other proverb and sentence completion quizzes so you can get some more practice in? You can even retake this test to see if you do better the second time around! In any case, check out the answers as well so you can see where you went wrong.
You ACED It!
What a knowledgeable person you are! There doesn’t seem to be an English phrase that passed you by, does there? It’s great that you have such a treasure trove of witty wisdom buzzing through your mind. Way to go!