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This is like "it's better to buy insurance and not need it (than it is to not have insurance and need it)." In this phrase, being safe requires effort to be in that condition, but the effort is small compared to what loss might occur if that effort weren't made. Examples are: It's better to check behind your car every time you back out of your driveway, ...
Playing violin is George's forte a person's strong suit, or most highly developed characteristic, talent, or skill; something that one excels in. Etymologically, 1640s, from French fort "strong point (of a sword blade)," also fort, from Middle French fort. Meaning "strong point of a person" is from 1680s. Final -e- added 18c. in ...
This axiom is not a comparison between safe and sorry. It is a reminder, born out of bitter experience, that adverse situations will occur, and being prepared for when they do is better than the alternative. Safety always takes time and effort that many see as a waste. If an adverse action occurs infrequently, it is all-too-human to assume that just ...
You might be looking for the phrase "savoir-faire" also. In English, it mainly means know-how (knowing how to do) but it connotes a knowledge that comes from an expertise as well. From vocabulary.com: The nearest English equivalent of savoir-faire is know-how. But while know-how pertains to nearly all skills, especially practical ones, savoir-faire ...
eyes of a hawk ears of a wolf loyal as a dog wise as an owl sly as a fox brave as a bear fierce as a lion stubborn as a mule slimy as a snake free as a bird fast as a gepard (cheetah) stupid as a sheep proud as a pavlin (peacock) quiet as a mouse restless as a chicken slow as a turtle (source) This is a little off topic, but certain animals are ...
My understanding of the phrase is that it is used in a situation which has some significant probability of becoming adverse without proper attention or prevention. It's an argument in favor of taking preventative action. The saying indicates that one would be wise to take appropriate action to make sure that undesirable state doesn't come about. better [to ...
The statement is not as obvious at it might seem and it is trying to combat an inbuilt psychological resistance to facing harsh or unpleasant realities. I think that there are an astonishing amount of accidents with high human cost that are caused by the brain's in-built forgetfulness or blindness to risk. In order to keep us happy and sane, our brains ...
As you've explained in your question, "better safe than sorry" is not a comparison between two things someone has to choose between, because if it was it would be incredibly one-sided. Everyone agrees that it is better to be safe than sorry. Instead, it's an explanation, motive, or argument for doing something -- because in the future, we want to be safe ...
against is itself a preposition like of, so it does not require any more preposition after it. Moreover, against means in opposition to which includes the preposition to, so that the required meaning is already achieved. We are against of removing our resource when there is no work.
If you want the flavor of the phrase to be the same, then maybe She has the ears of a hare! However, as already pointed out, she has the ears of a hawk would be just as clear (at least to me). Of course, if you want to be sneaky, there is always She has Van Gogh's ear for music.
Treasure may be your best bet. I can't come up with a synonym for gift that conveys the nuance you've described. You may need to add a modifier to articulate the aspect of the gift that makes it worthy of worship, for example "an incomparable treasure." My advice, however, is to keep it simple.
Humans tend to talk about time with spatial analogies. If something is brought forward in space or time, it moves closer to the reference point, if it is pushed back it moves further away from the reference point. For time, the obvious reference point is now, and we face the future, so things are pushed back into the future, or brought forward toward the ...
talisman - anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions. The more "literal, core" sense is a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm, but it's often used more loosely as per the above definition (see these example ...
I think keepsake does not signify anything about its past. It signifies that the person would want to keep the item their whole life and possibly pass it down. It won't work if you are getting a person a car or an ipad but if it is something that you would expect them to keep I would use this.
It struck me that the phrase "better safe than sorry" is [...] so logical and obvious [...] You're quite right. Better safe than sorry The idiom's meaning can be explained by an expansion on the words themselves. I would more didactically put it: It is better to be safe by taking a more prudent course of action than to take the riskier course ...
The problem with cross-topography is that it is unparallel with the preceding terms. Cross-topographic might be appropriate. However, there is also a problem in using the word topography see FumbleFingers explanation above. However, since topography is a very specific word and you are addressing people who presumably can understand what it means, I suggest ...
Were you thinking of "coup de maître"? It's usual translation is "masterstroke" (there's a website I found which shows it has also been translated as "hole in one" and "home run", both used metaphorically), so it's not quite expertise, but it's a vaguely similar concept.
Wouldn't we all prefer commuting on empty streets and shopping in empty stores? I'd call that person "practical" and separate that behavior from their social tendencies since neither commuting nor shopping are particularly social occasions (except malling which can be very social, but I'm not sure that is what is implied here).
It means that everything will come out. "Come out in the wash" refers to having a stain come out in the wash. "Fig. to work out all right. (Alludes to a clothing stain that can be removed by washing.) Don't worry about that problem. It'll all come out in the wash. This trouble will go away. It'll come out in the wash." (the Free Dictionary)
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