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Grade 4 - English Language
3.13 Sayings and Proverbs

Sayings and proverbs are phrases that have special meaning in a particular language and culture. If they are translated literally to another language, they may not have the same meaning.
Directions: Read each saying and pick out its correct meaning. As a homework, find and write ten more sayings or proverbs and their meanings.
Q 1: Once in a blue moon
Once upon a time, the moon was blue.
something that happens only once in a while
being sad

Q 2: Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
You may be disappointed if you count on having something before it is really yours.
Be careful when you are counting chicken.
It is better to be a vegetarian.

Q 3: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
You need a special carton to carry eggs.
You should not depend on just one thing and ignore other possibilities.
The basket is too small for all the eggs.

Q 4: Beauty is only skin deep.
You cannot judge a person by how he or she looks.
Deep cleaning the skin helps improve beauty.
Skin color determines one's beauty.

Q 5: Make hay while the sun shines.
You should play when it is sunny outside.
You should plant seeds during day time.
You should achieve as much as you can when things are going well for you.

Q 6: Bury the hatchet.
You should never leave an axe outside.
It is safer to keep the hatchet in the basement.
Stop holding a grudge and be friends again.

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