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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: 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 2: Break the ice.
You should always use crushed ice for your soda.
Ice is hard to break.
Doing something to make people more comfortable.

Q 3: The early bird gets the worm.
Not all birds like worms.
Worms are for birds and not for fish.
You can get ahead of others if you get going before they do.

Q 4: Bury the hatchet.
It is safer to keep the hatchet in the basement.
You should never leave an axe outside.
Stop holding a grudge and be friends again.

Q 5: Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
Be careful when you are counting chicken.
It is better to be a vegetarian.
You may be disappointed if you count on having something before it is really yours.

Q 6: Once in a blue moon
Once upon a time, the moon was blue.
something that happens only once in a while
being sad

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