the least said the soonest mended

the least said the soonest mended
it is often wise to remain silent and avoid disputes

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  • least said, soonest mended — c 1460 in W. C. Hazlitt Remains of Early Popular Poetry (1864) III. 169 Who sayth lytell he is wyse..And fewe wordes are soone amend. 1555 J. HEYWOOD Two Hundred Epigrams no. 169 Lyttle sayde, soone amended. a 1641 D. FERGUSSON Scottish Proverbs… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • least — ► DETERMINER & PRONOUN (usu. the least) ▪ smallest in amount, extent, or significance. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ used in names of very small animals and plants: least shrew. ► ADVERB ▪ to the smallest extent or degree. ● at least Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • least — see least said, soonest mended idle people have the least leisure who knows most, speaks least …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Sprechen — (s. ⇨ Reden und ⇨ Zunge). 1. Anders spricht der Herr, anders der Knecht. Lat.: Alia Leucon, alia Leuconis asinus portat. (Philippi, I, 18.) 2. Bann me sprecht: Adjé, Kaffée, Schossée, doa hoat me ke gât Zeit. (Henneberg.) – Frommann, III, 410, 96 …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • mend — I. verb Etymology: Middle English, short for amenden more at amend Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to free from faults or defects: as a. to improve in manners or morals ; reform b. to set right ; correct …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mend — [mend] vt. [ME menden, aphetic < amenden,AMEND] 1. to repair (something broken, torn, or worn); restore to good condition; make whole; fix 2. to make better; improve; reform; set right [to mend one s manners] 3. to atone for; make amends for:… …   English World dictionary

  • Maternal deprivation — Mother and child The term maternal deprivation is a catch phrase summarising the early work of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, John Bowlby on the effects of separating infants and young children from their mother (or mother substitute)[1]… …   Wikipedia

  • say — see do as I say, not as I do when in doubt, do nowt what everybody says must be true hear all, see all, say nowt, tak’ all, keep all, gie nowt, and if tha ever does owt for nowt do it for thysen what Manchester says today, the rest of England… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • mend — see it is never too late to mend when things are at the worst they begin to mend least said, soonest mended …   Proverbs new dictionary

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