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Don’t die wondering

see Die wondering

Don’t get mad, get even

An American expression often wrongly attributed to J. K. Kennedy (JFK’s father) simply because it appears in Conversations with Kennedy (1975) by Ben...

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Don’t get your knickers in a knot/twist

see Knickers in a knot/twist

Don’t give a hoot/two hoots

American folksy expression that means not to care dates from the late 19th century and is sometimes encountered in the form of not giving two hoots wh...

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Don’t give a rat’s arse/ass

See Not give a rat's arse/ass

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Never rely on appearances alone, an American expression dates from the late 1920s and rapidly gained acceptance in Britain.

Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself

There is no point in employing someone if you end up doing his or her work. The earliest citation for this adage is c. 1583.

Don’t know from a bar of soap

see Know from a bar of soap

Don’t know squat

see Squat

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

see Gift horse

Don’t look at me in that tone of voice

This is attributed to Punch magazine in 1884. The exact words were, “Don’t look at me, sir, with - ah - in that tone of voice.”

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

see Eggs in one basket

Don’t suffer fools gladly

see Suffer fools gladly

Don’t teach an old dog new tricks

see Teach old dog new tricks

Don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs

see Teach your grandmother to suck eggs

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