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Idiom/Proverb

Literal Meaning

Meaning

Achụ cha aja, m ahụghi udele, ị mara na ihe mere bee ndi mmuọ.

If the vulture fails so show up at the place of sacrifice, you know that something is wrong in the land of the spirits.

Key figure must be present for an important function.

Agadi nwanyị anaghị akaru nka na egwu ọ mara agba.

An old woman is never too old to perform her favorite dance step.

Experience the best teacher.

Agadi nwanyị nwere onye na-elekọta ya anya sị na agbụrụ ya adịghị aka nka.

An old woman who has a permanent live-in helper says her lineage does not grow old.

The arrogant fails to give credit to whom it is due.

A gbakata Eze nkịtị, ekpuru nkata n’isi gwa ya okwu.

You can only forebear a king for so long before you speak out. How be it with a basket covering your head.

People cast off restraint after much persevering.

Agba nsị nkịtị ọ n’esi usi.

If you ignore feces it smells.

An unchecked problem grows to become a nuisance.

Agbarụcha ngene, ekuru ngene ṅ ụa.

After polluting the Ngene river, people end up drinking from it.

Some things one despises will continue to be indispensable whether he/she likes it or not.

Agbọghọ tochaa o chere ibe ya

After growing to puberty, a young lady waits for her peers

You don't have to struggle for everything; nature do take its course in due time

Agwa ogbenye ihe eji aba ọgaranya, ọ sị ka ya bụrụ ọgbenye ya bụ.

If you tell a poor person what it takes to be rich, he chooses his status.

Not everyone is willing to pay the price for becoming wealthy.

Agwọ emeghị ihe o ji bụrụ agwọ ụmụ aka ewere ya gwurie egwu.

If a snake fails to live up to it's attributes, children will play with it.

People loose respect when they fail to live up to what is expected of them.

Ahapụ ike nyụrụ ahụru, akụọ isi ọkpọ.

The anus that farted is left alone but the head receives the knock.(beating).

An innocent person may pay for the sins of another

Aka aja aja n’ebute ọnụ mmanụ mmanụ.

Soiled hands bring forth, oily mouth.

Hard work precedes merriment.

Akanri kwọ aka ekpe, aka ekpe akwọ aka nri, aka n’abo adi ọcha.

If the right hand washes the left, the left hand will in turn scrub the right, both hand would be clean

One good turn deserves another.

Akụ fecha ọ dara awọ

After flying the termite will fall to be eaten by the toad.

Whatever will be will be.

Akwa ọkụkọ tiwaa akị, ihere emee mkpume.

If an egg cracks a kernel, the stone is put to shame.

If an egg cracks a kernel, the stone is put to shame.

A kpara akwụ kpara akwụ, ewere nkata jee, ọ bụrụ oshi.

It is okay to help oneself with a few palm nuts, but when one goes gathering with a basket, it becomes stealing.

Do not take more than what is permissible of your neighbors belonging.

A n’agwa ntị ma ntị anụghi, egburu isi ntị esoro

If the ear refuses to heed warning, when the head is cut off the ear goes with it.

Those that do not heed counsel are bound to have an unhappy ending.

A na-eji anya ama ọka chara acha.

You know a fully ripe corn cub by the looks.

By their fruits you shall know them.

A na-ekwu na ọrịa ezughị oke, ndị dara ibi ana etokwu afọ.

Where as not everyone has an equal share of sickness those with scrotal hernia are also getting bloated.

Occasionally some individuals get more than a fare share of misfortune.

Anaghị eji na agụ ụ na-agụ elo ụkwara.

No one swallows phlegm to appease the pangs of hunger.

Nothing satisfies like the real thing.

Anụ gbaa ajọ ọsọ, agba ya ajọ egbe.

When an animal runs badly, it gets a bad gun shot as well.

Action and reaction are equal and opposite.

Anụ gbala taa, echi bụ nta.

If an animal escapes the hunter today, tomorrow is yet another day to hunt.

Every day offers new opportunities.

Atụrụ n’achọ ifu mpi jee jụa ebụne ka ekwo dị ya.

A sheep that is eager to grow horn should ask the ram how its neck feels.

A sheep that is eager to grow horn should ask the ran how its neck feels.

A tụọrọ ọ mara, ọ mara. Ma a tụọrọ ọfeke, ọfenye isi n’ọfia.

If you hint the wise they make use of it, but the fool will use it foolishly.

If you hint the wise they make use of it, but the fool will use it foolishly.

A nyụkọ mamịrị ọnụ, ọ gba ụfụfụ.

When people urinate on the same spot it foams.

Communal effort has a multiplier effect.

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