PROVERBS & SAYING OF THE WORLD ABOUT
baker’s wife may bite of a bun:
A brewer’s wife may drink of a tun:
A fishmonger’s wife may feed of a conger: But a serving-man’s
wife may starve for hunger.
A bad custom is like a pie-crust—better broken than
A cake eaten in peace is better than two in trouble.
A cake in peace is worth a loaf in trouble.
A corns were good till bread was found.—Bacon.
A cat is hungry when a crust contents her.
A dry and cold March never begs its bread.
A dry March never begs its bread.
A dry summer never begs its bread.
A little wood will heat a little oven.
All bread is not baked in one oven.
All bread is sweet to a whoremonger; he will not leave off
till he die.—Apocrypha.
All griefs with bread are less.
All her people sigh; they seek bread.—Lamentations
man of many trades begs his bread on Sundays. Another’s
bread costs dear.
A pretty fellow to make an axle-tree for an oven A rainy
August makes a hard bread crust.
Arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry.—1
Kings xxi. 7.
As busy as a good wife at oven; and neither meal nor dough.
As fit as a fritter for a friar’s mouth.
As flat as a cake.
As flat as a flaun.
As flat as a pancake.
As flat as a pancake or a barley froyes.
As flecked as a pie.
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread.—Job xxviii.
As harmless as a piece of bread.
As high as three horse loaves.
As high as two horse loaves.
As honest a man as ever brake bread,
As honest a man as ever lived by bread.
A ehive of my own loaf.
As I brew, so I must bake.
As near akin as the cakes of Banbury to the bells of Lincoln.
nimble as a cat on a hot bakestone.
As pat as a dough boy.—-(American.)
As restless as a worm on a bakstan.—(Yorkshire.)
As short as a Marchington wake-cake. Said of a woman’s
As they brew, so let them bake. As you bake, such your cake.
At Christmas great loaves, at Easter clean souls, and at
Whit Sunday new clothes.
Banbury veal, cheese, and cakes.
Be fair condition’d, and eat bread with your pudding.
Be not a baker if your head be of butter.
Better beg one’s bread with Lazarus here than one’s
water with Dives hereafter.
Better bread in the lap Than feather in the cap.
Better eat grey bread in your youth than in your age.
Better is he that laboureth, and aboundeth in all things,
than he that boasteth himself, and wanteth bread.—Apocrypha.
Beware of rolls from the brewer’s basket.
earth yields white bread.
Bread an’ pullet. Short commons: bread and pull it.
Bread at pleasure, drink by measure.
Bread that strengthened man’s heart.—Psalm civ.
Bread baked must be eaten
butter and green cheese Is very good English and very good
Bread for Borrough men (Leicestershire).
Bread is the staff of life.—Swift.
Bread of a day, ale of a month, and wine of a year.
Bread with eyes, cheese without eyes, and wine that leaps
up to the eyes.
Brown bread and the Gospel make good fare.
bread and beef.
Butter side except on Sunday—i.e., an everyday event.
bread has hard crusts. (Bread of your own earning tastes
Cool ovens bake no biscuits. (Men without zeal accomplish
Covetousness, as well as prodigality, brings a man to
a morsel of bread.
Crumb not your bread before you taste your porridge.
Crummy (plump) wife and a crusty loaf for my money.
Crusty before dinner, crummy after.
Cut the loaf fair if you eat it all.
the bitter bread of dependence.
Don’t bet even a farthing cake.
Don’t make three voyages for one biscuit. (“Much
ado about nothing “ is unwise.)
Don’t spread a grain of butter over fifty yards
Don’t strike against your bread and butter.
Dry bread at home is better than roast meat abroad.
bread is forgotten.
Eggs of an hour, fish of ten, bread of a day, wine of
a year, a woman of fifteen, and a friend of thirty.
Estate in two parishes is bread in two wallets.
Every cake hath its make, but a scrape-cake hath two.
Every day brings its bread with it.
a wand, and burdens are for the ass; and bread, correction,
and work for a servant.—Apocrypha.
For oaths are straws, men’s faiths are wafer-cakes,
And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck.—Shakespeare.
From my gossip’s bread a large piece for my godson.
Give a loaf and beg a shive.
a new servant bread and eggs, but after a year bread and
Give bread for bread and do not let your neighbour go hungry.—Algeria.
Give of thy bread to the hungry, and of thy garments to
them that are naked.—Tobit iv. 16.
Give the birds crumbs; God gives you loaves.
the man his bread and cheese. Then applaud him if you please.
God’s crumbs are better than the world’s loaves.
God deprives him of bread who likes not his drink.
Good cakes and bad customs ought to be broken.
Great doings at Gregory’s, heat the oven twice for
Grumbling makes the loaf no larger.
has got a piece of bread and cheese in his head (i.e.,
He has more business than English ovens at Christmas.
He has nothing to eat and talks about marriage (i.e.,
do not be too ambitious when your means are limited).
He has stolen a manchet out of the brewer’s basket
He hath fed too freely on a Neapolitan biscuit.
He knows which side his bread’s buttered on.
He loves mutton well that dips his bread in the wool.
He’s a cake and pudding courtier.
He should be a baker by his bow legs.
He taketh the wood; yea, he kindleth it and baketh bread.—Isaiah
He that fasteth and doeth no good, saveth his bread but
loseth his soul.
He that has store of bread may beg his milk merrily.
thinks of everything who wants bread.
He who has been in the oven himself knows where to find
He who would stop everybody’s mouth needs plenty of
He woos for cake and pudding.
His bread is buttered on both sides.
Hope is the bread of the unhappy.
Hope is the poor man’s bread.
fools ate no bread corn would be cheap.
If stones were loaves many people would sleep out.
If you can’t get a loaf don’t throw away a
If you can’t get crumb you must fain eat crust.
If you throw crumbs on the fire you are feeding the devil.
If you hate a man eat his bread, and if you love him do
If your wife is crust, mind that you are crumb.
If we eat up everything at night there is nothing but
black bread next day.—Limousin.
If wishes were butter-cakes beggars might bite.
I had rather my cake burn than you should turn it.
I have baked bread upon the coals.—Isaiah xliv.
I’ll not give the loaf and beg the slice. (Not give
away the whole and then ask for a part.)
“I’ll take no leave of you,” quoth the
baker to the pillory.
It is an ill dog that deserves not a crust.
It’s hard to get the leaven out of the dough.
It’s time to set in when the oven comes to the dough
(i.e., time to marry when the maid woos the man).
I will satisfy her poor with bread.—Psalm cxxxii.
him at least three paces distant who hates bread, music
and the laugh of a child.
Lemster bread and Weably ale.
Let him that earns the bread eat it.
Like bread, which the staler It is the more wholesome.—Ben
Like confectioners that throw away the juice of the oranges
and preserve only the rinds.—T. Adams (1630).
Like lucky John Toy, he has lost a shilling and found
a twopenny loaf.
Like to apes’ rewards, a piece of bread and therewithal
Loaves put awry in the oven come out awry
children and little bread is a painful pleasure.
Many cries for meal that has baken bread enough.
Mince pies don’t grow on every tree.
Much bread grows in a winter night.
My butter cake always falls the butter side down.
My cake is dough.
My wife cries five loaves a penny (i.e., she is in travail).
fall out with your bread and butter.
New bread is a waster, but mouldy is worse; Day old suits
the stomach, and also the purse.
No butter will stick to his bread.
No gaping against an oven.
“No, thank you,” has lost many a good butter-cake.
all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt.
Oh ! happy he whom Heaven hath fed With frugal, but sufficient
Old gold, old hay, old bread, Stand a man in good stead.
Old ovens are soon heated.
On some men’s bread butter will not stick.
may tire of eating tarts.
Open thine eyes and thou shalt be satisfied with bread,
—Proverbs xx. 13.
Our cake’s dough on both sides.
cover the pie of their ignorance with a Latin crust.
Pie-lid makes people wise. (Because no one can tell what
is in a pie till the lid is taken up.)
Promises are like pie-crust, made to be broken.
Pull devil, pull baker.
Put in with the dough and come out with the cakes.
not your loaf in till the oven’s hot.
She is as crusty as that is hard bak’d.
Sorrow and night watches are lessened when there is bread.
Strengthen thy heart with a morsel of bread.—Judges
it all and pay the baker. (Said jokingly when all is given).
Taste your pottage before you crumb in your bread.
cake came out of my oven.
The best smell is bread, the best savour salt, the best
love that of children.
The bread of the needy is their life: he that defraudeth
him thereof is a man of blood.—Apocrypha.
The cat is hungry when a crust contents her.
The chief thing for life is water, and bread, and clothing,
and an house to cover shame.—Apocrypha.
The famine was sore, so that there was no bread for the
people. —2 Kings xxv. 3.
The first cut and all the loaf beside.
The four B’s of Witney: beauty, beer, bread and blankets.
The kiln calls the oven burnt-house.
The knight, in “Don Quixote,” wisely said: “Since
we have a good loaf let us not look for cheese-cakes.”
The Lord had visited His people in giving them bread. —Ruth
The poor man turns his cake, and another comes and takes
There are more ways to kill a dog than to choke him to death
on bread and butter.
There is no bread in nine loaves. (A Northamptonshire saying
meaning if such a thing does not happen there will be no
bread in nine loaves).
There’s crust and crumb in every loaf. 10 11.
The same knife cuts both bread and the finger.
The sooty oven mocks the black chimney.
The Spitallers butter their bread on both sides. (Northumberland.)
They are as an oven heated by the baker; he ceaseth to stir
from the kneading of the dough until it ia leavened.—Hosea
They gave him daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers’
street. —Jeremiah xxxvii. 21.
They shall eat bread by weight.—Ezekiel iv. 16.
“They shall have no more of our prayers than we of
their pies,” quoth the Vicar of Layton.
They that have good store of butter may lay it thick on
They that have no other meat, Bread and butter are glad
This buying of bread undoes us.
Three dear years will raise a baker’s daughter to
Throw no gift again at the giver’s head; Better is
half a loaf than no bread.
Thy food shall be by weight; thou shalt eat it as barley
cakes.—Ezekiel iv. 10, 12.
“Tis an ill dog that deserves not a crust. ‘Tis
safe taking a shive off a cut loaf. To brew in a bottle
and bake in a bag. To cut large shives of another man’s
To every one a portion of bread... and a cake of raisins.
—1 Chronicles xvi. 3.
To one who has a pie in the oven you may give a bit of your
To pick up one’s crumbs (i.e., to recover strength).
To quake like an oven.
To quarrel with one’s bread and butter.
To the grave with the dead, they who live to the bread.
To the hungry no bread is bad.
Turn the cake in the pan. (Bake one side as well as the
other. Attend to the whole of your business.)
water, famine; under snow, bread. Water in May is bread
all the year.
are new-knit and so lately met that I fear we part not yet,
quoth the baker to the pillory.
We were all mung (kneaded) up in the same trough, i.e.,
we are all of one common nature.
What bread men break is broken to them again.
What you put in the dough you’ll find in the cake.
When bread is wanting oaten cakes are excellent
I break your staff of bread ten women shall bake your bread
in one oven.—Leviticus xxvi. 26.
When the elder is white, brew and bake a peck;
When the elder is black, brew and bake a sack.
When the fern is as high as a ladle, You may sleep as long
as you are able.
When fern begins to look red Then milk is good with brown
When the oven is hot, put in your bread.
When the pancake bell begins to knell, The frying-pan begins
When there is but little bread, cut first if you can.
Where there is no bread everything is for sale.—XVth
“White bread and red wine,” Say the bells of
Who hath no more bread than need must not keep a dog.
Why do thy disciples eat bread with defiled hands ? —Mark
Wine by the savour, bread by the colour.
With a red man read thy read ;
With a brown man break thy bread; At a pale man draw thy
knife; From a black man keep thy wife.
are not one of our paste.
You cannot both eat your cake and have your cake.
You must contrive to bake with the flour you have.
You need not be so crusty; you are not so hard baked.
Your tongue goes like a baker’s clap dish.
You shew bread in one hand and a stone in the other.