Armenian Expressions, Armenian Idioms, Armenian Phrases, and Armenian Sayings

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



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Lies have short feet (or memory).
A lie cannot get too far; the truth will come out.

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When you pick up the stick, the robber dog knows.
Guilty people are always on guard, looking over their shoulder.

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With a soft tongue, you can pull a snake out of its nest.

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However many languages you know, that much more of a human you are. Armenian.

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The sun won’t stay behind the cloud.
There’s always hope.

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One idiot throws a stone in the well, and it takes a hundred wise men to (try to) get it out.

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One hand will not clap.
Reference to the effectiveness of cooperation among people, to do good or evil.

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However much fruit a tree bears, it humbles its head that much more.
The more wisdom one acquires, the more humble they become.

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The mouse couldn’t fit through the hole, and then it tied a broom to its tail.
Refers to people who take on more responsibilities than they can handle.

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Fallen from the elephant’s nose.
Said about a person who acts like a snob.

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She tells the sun, “Don’t rise. I’ve come out!”
She’s so beautiful!

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One will take someone to the spring and bring them back thirsty.
A very cunning person.

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Spring will not come with one flower.
One needs more than one indication to draw conclusions.

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What is the connection with Alexander’s mustache?
About lack of communication or when the problem and solution don’t match.

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Measure seven times; cut once.
Think thoroughly before you act.

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They tried to fix the eyebrow and ended up blinding the eye, too.
Instead of fixing the problem, they made it worse.

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Hears it from this ear, throws it out through the other.
Said about those who won’t listen to good advice.

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The back of the neighbor’s bride is red.
People are never satisfied with what they have.

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When the axe came to the forest (to cut down the trees), the trees said: The handle is one of us.
There is no one to blame but ourselves.



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