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Quien mucho abarca poco aprieta*

* Who embraces a lot little will squeeze

Spanish Spanish speaking countries

Proverb USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

It is a proverb meaning that whoever tries to do many things at the same time will not be able to do any of them well.

"No trates de hacer todo al mismo tiempo: quien mucho abarca poco aprieta."

"Don't try to do everything at the same time - who embraces a lot little will squeeze."


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holnapután, kiskedden*

* on the day after tomorrow, on small Tuesday

Hungarian Hungary

Proverb USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

An ironic saying, it means "never". Similar to the expression "when pigs fly".

"Mikor fejezik már be a felújítást?" "Holnapután, kiskedden".

"When will the renovation be finally done?" "On the day after tomorrow, on small Tuesday."





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Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof*

* Life is not a pony farm

German German speaking countries

Proverb USED On Rare Occasion BY Almost Everyone

This phrase is used when trying to express that life is not easy.

"Du musst dir dein Geld selbst erarbeiten, das Leben ist schließlich kein Ponyhof."

"You have to work for your own money, life is not a pony farm after all."


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Parli del diavolo e spuntano le corna*

* You speak of the devil and the corns come out

Italian Italy

Proverb USED On Occasion BY Everyone

When you talk or think of someone and they suddenly appear.

"Hai sentito di Marta? Ah, eccola... Parli del diavolo e spuntano le corna."

"Did you hear about Marta? Oh, there she is... You speak of the devil and the corns come out."


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lang may yer lum reek*

* long may your chimney smoke

Scots Scotland

Proverb USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

A Scots proverb wishing someone a long and healthy life, "Live long and prosper".

"See ya laters pal, lang may yer lum reek"

"Farewell, live long and prosper"


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