Posted by Beej in Uncategorized | 16 comments
My mom always says “there’s many slips between the cup and the lip”. Totally frigging baffles me. Help?
It means that you need to slip a kiss in between the cup and the drinker’s lip.
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The original form was “there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip,” which was an English proverb. The basic meaning is that even when things seem certain, something can go wrong. The task may seem simple, like drinking from a cup, but a lot can still go wrong (and thus the “slip” would lead to a spill).
very meaning ful proverb………….
it has nothing to do with the agreed with comment this one is correct: The original form was “there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip,” which was an English proverb. The basic meaning is that even when things seem certain, something can go wrong.
That was very goodthank you
very nice proverb.
In other words:
Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched!
Yes, I have heard it used in this sense(that things can often go wrong in a simple action, so nothing is certain) but I have also heard it used a few times in the connotation that secret information is revealed or slipped out when one is imbibing or drinking alcohol. A good drink can loosen lips very quickly.
really a good proverb
Literally it could mean that something which one would expect to get but at the last moment the opportunity slipped out of the hands.
” crossing the bridge
before it comes .”
It was okay
Don DeFore’s character, (George Baxter) said this on an episode of “Hazel” back in 1964. He, (Baxter) attributed the quote to William Shakespeare.
Many years ago when I first heard the expression, it was explained to me that the meaning was, basically, think before you speak! I’m sure there are several meanings!
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