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1. Peacock hide him foot wen him hear bout him tail


English Translation

The Peacock hides his foot when he hears about his tail.


Definition

A proud person does not like his little weaknesses exposed.



posted on October 3, 2022

2. If you get your han in debil mout, tek it out


English Translation

If yuh put your hand in the devil’s mouth, take it out carefully.


Definition

Act cautiously in getting out of difficulty



posted on October 3, 2022

3. Finger never seh look here, him seh look yonder.


English Translation

Finger never says “look here” he says “ look yonder”


Definition

People do not usually point out their own faults



posted on October 3, 2022

4. When ashes cold, dog sleep deh


English Translation

When the ashes are cold, even a dog can sleep there.


Definition

Circumstances alter cases.



posted on September 22, 2022

5. Rain neva fall a one man door


English Translation

Rain never falls at one man’s door (only).


Definition

When it rains it rains on all.



posted on September 22, 2022