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Sheep Proverbs

Here we will list a collection of English Sheep Proverbs. If you know more, please send them to us at and we'll add it to the list :)

Get a sheepskin
Getting a sheepskin (or your sheepskin) means getting a degree or diploma. (Sheepskin refers to the parchment that a degree is printed on- parchment comes from sheepskin.)

Hanged for a sheep as a lamb
This is an expression meaning that if you are going to get into trouble for doing something, then you ought to stop worrying and should try to get everything you can before you get caught.

Count sheep
If people cannot sleep, they are advised to count sheep mentally.

Black sheep
Someone who is the black sheep doesn’t fit into a group or family because their behaviour or character is not good enough.

Cast sheep’s eyes at
If you cast sheep’s eyes at at someone, you look lovingly or with longing at them.

There is a black sheep in every flock

leave wolves in charge of the sheep

Who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by the wolves

Wolves rend the sheep when the shepherds fail

One sheep follows another

One scabby sheep is enough to spoil the whole flock

One scabbed (ezkabiatsu) sheep will mar a whole flock

set the wolf to keep the sheep

set the wolf to guard the sheep

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