cast/throw pearls before swine

cast/throw pearls before swine
: to give or offer something valuable to someone who does not understand its value
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Main Entry:pearl
cast/throw pearls before swine — see


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Main Entry:swine

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • throw pearls before swine — cast, throw, etc. pearls before ˈswine idiom to give or offer valuable things to people who do not understand their value Main entry: ↑pearlidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pearls Before Swine (comic strip) — Pearls Before Swine The four main Pearls Before Swine Characters. From left to right: Zebra, Rat, Pig and Goat. Author(s) Stephan Pastis …   Wikipedia

  • cast pearls before swine — phrase to offer something good or helpful to someone who does not value it Thesaurus: to offer something and offerssynonym Main entry: pearl * * * cast pearls before swine see ↑pearl • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw pearls to pigs/ cast pearls before swine —    This expression means that it is wasteful to offer something valuable or useful to someone who does not understand or appreciate it.     She had a beautifully trained voice but the audience didn t listen talk about throwing pearls to pigs! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • do not throw pearls to swine — With allusion to MATTHEW vii. 6 (AV) Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine. Often in the phrase to cast pearls before swine. 1340 Ayenbite of Inwit (EETS) 152 Thet we ne thrauwe naght oure preciouse… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • throw pearls to the pigs — Someone that throws pearls to pigs is giving someone else something they don t deserve or appreciate. ( Throw pearls before pigs and Cast pearls before swine are also used.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cast — 1 verb past tense and past participle cast 1 cast (a) light on/onto a) to provide new information which makes something easier to understand: research findings that cast new light on the origin of our universe b) literary to send light onto a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cast — cast1 W3 [ka:st US kæst] v past tense and past participle cast ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1 cast light on/onto something 2 cast doubt(s) on something 3¦(light and shade)¦ 4 cast a shadow/cloud over something 5¦(look)¦ 6 cast an eye on/over something 7 cast a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cast — [[t]kɑ͟ːst, kæ̱st[/t]] ♦♦ casts, casting (The form cast is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.) 1) N COUNT COLL The cast of a play or film is all the people who act in it. The show is very amusing and the cast are …   English dictionary

  • cast — see ne’er cast a clout till May be out coming events cast their shadows before old sins cast long shadows do not throw pearls to swine …   Proverbs new dictionary

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