Arabic Phrases, Arabic Expressions, Arabic Idioms,
Arabic Proverbs, and Arabic Sayings

The Arabic phrases and idioms below are not in any particular order. Meanings or occasions are mentioned (in Italics) when necessary.


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The carpenter’s door is loose.
About those who take care of other people’s problems but neglect their own family.

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Do not believe that a person who lies for you will not also lie to you.

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If talk is made of silver, then silence is made of gold.

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If you speak the word, it shall own you. If you don’t, you shall own it.
About the need for thinking before doing or saying something.

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Stretch your legs as far as your quilt allows.
Know your limits and adapt to the situation.

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An absent person has his excuse.
There are two sides to every story.

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Paradise without people is not worth living in.

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Coming back with Hunain’s shoes.
Coming back without success.

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The belly dancer dies, and her waist is still moving.
The trumpet player dies, and his finger is still playing.
Habits are difficult to break.

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I’m speaking to you, but listen, oh neighbor.
I speak to you, my daughter, and let you hear, my daughter-in-law.

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In trying to put make-up around the eye, they blinded it.
Instead of fixing the problem, they made it worse.

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Do a good thing, and throw it in the sea.
You will be rewarded for your good deeds eventually.

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A face only a mother could love. English.
A beetle saw her children on the wall, and she said “They look like a string of pearls.”
A mother loves her children no matter what they look like.

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This is my measuring bucket not yours.
Mind your own business.

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He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.



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