Blood is thicker than water

The phrase blood is thicker than water is a proverb, which is a short, common saying or phrase that particularly gives advice or shares a universal truth. We will examine the expression blood is thicker than water, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

The proverb blood is thicker than water means that family ties are stronger than other social ties, that family should come first in any situation. The origin of the expression blood is thicker than water is hotly debated. Some believe that the roots of this phrase go back to Germany in the 1100s, or even to the Talmud. However, many believe that blood is thicker than water is a proverb first collected in An Excellent Collection of the Best Scotch Proverbs, compiled by Allan Ramsay in 1737. The phrase was popularized when Sir Walter Scott used it in his work, Guy Mannering; or the astrologer, published in 1815. The term blood is thicker than water is hyphenated when used as an adjective before a noun, as in blood-is-thicker-than-water.


“I was just raised, you know, that blood is thicker than water and family first, and that’s also what keeps us sane,” she revealed. (Us Magazine)

Blood is thicker than water, the old saying goes, and we do usually prioritize our immediate family first. (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

For Callista Mutharika, former first lady and President Peter Mutharika’s in-law, one can imagine the price has been greater; as she not only had to dispense with the ‘blood-is-thicker-than-water’ mantra, but also be the first person to break longstanding political taboo that an incumbent president is always automatic candidate for the ruling party. (The Nyasa Times)