|A Burnt Child Dreads the Fire|
What does A Burnt Child Dreads the Fire mean?
|One does not repeat a painful lesson twice.||I’ve tried to get little Johnny to quit running and jumping on the furniture before he hurts himself, but only a burnt child dreads the fire.|
Very similar in meaning to another proverb, “Once bitten, twice shy,” today’s proverb is an old one. It appeared in English literature as early as 1320, in “The Proverbs of Hendyng.” Another proverb, which is similar, comes from the French: “A scalded dog fears cold water” carries an even stronger message; that those who have experienced a great deal of difficulty or pain will not only avoid it in the future, but will be afraid even where there is no cause.
Other languages also have like proverbs, such as, “One bitten by a serpent is afraid of a rope’s end” (Jewish), “A man who has received a beating with a firebrand runs away at the sight of a firefly” (Singhalese), and “A dog which has been beaten with a stick fears its own shadow” (Italian).
Some Random Idioms
What does “sweat blood” mean?
|feel very tense or anxious|
|have ants in one`s pants|
What does “have ants in one`s pants” mean?
|to be nervous and restless||The teacher asked the little boy if he had ants in his pants when he kept moving around in his seat.|
|call the roll|
What does “call the roll” mean?
|call the names of students on a roll and usually expect them to answer if they are there||Every morning before the class started the teacher called the roll.|
|take a shit|
What does “take a shit” mean?
|move one’s bowels; defacate|
|not take no for an answer|
What does “not take no for an answer” mean?
|to not accept someone’s refusal||My aunt would not take no for an answer when I said that I would not eat dinner at her house.|
What does “piddle around” mean?
|work slowly and without focus|
|pull one’s (own) weight|
What does “pull one’s (own) weight” mean?
|to do one’s share of something||The woman at the bank will not pull her own weight so nobody likes her.|
|put one’s hands on (something)|
What does “put one’s hands on (something)” mean?
|to locate and acquire something||I have not been able to put my hands on a good cookbook yet.|
|a slice of the cake|
What does “a slice of the cake” mean?
|a share of something (money etc.)||The government wants a slice of the cake from the new casinos.|