Water Sayings

Proverbs are popular sayings that express a truth based on common sense and are used throughout the world.  Proverbs often use something very important or valuable to express the meaning.  Because everything depends on water, many proverbs use water to teach a truth.  The following list shows many proverbs that use water.

Blood is thicker than water Don't change horses in mid stream
If a crocodile deserts the water, he will find himself on a spear (Africa)
You won't miss the water till the well runs dry You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
We'll cross that bridge when we get there
With too many rowers the ship will crash into the mountain (Japan) Still waters run deep
When it rains it pours
One hand washes the other


The following are similes, metaphors, and other popular sayings dealing with water.

A drop in the bucket A stepping stone to Down the drain
A flood of tears Bogged down
Break the ice Crying buckets Feeling swamped
On cloud nine Get your feet wet
Get your ducks in a row Having a ripple effect Icy stare
Mind in a fog Troubled waters
Finding your sea legs Wet your whistle When our ship comes in
Tip of the iceberg Like a duck to water
In hot water Raining cats and dogs Wet behind the ears
Steamed up Make a big splash
It's all water under the bridge Skating on thin ice Madder than a wet hen
The well's run dry Treading water
Like water off a duck's back Jump in with both feet Something snowballs
Sink or swim Watered down
Took, hook, line and sinker Somebody is all wet Something smells fishy