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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree is a proverb with uncertain origin. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram or the topic of a parable. These common sayings are language tools that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never, early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, haste makes waste, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the proverb the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, where the expression may have come from, and some examples of its use in sentences.



     

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree is a proverb that means that a child displays the characteristics or tendencies that the parent does or has done, that a child behaves in a same way as the parents do or cares about the same things that the parents do. The phrase the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree came into the English language in the mid-1700s; however, a similar phrase in German may be found from the 1500s, when it was ascribed to a Turkish source: “Der Apfel fellt nicht gerne weit vom Baume,” which translates as “The apple does not like to fall far from the tree.”

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    Examples

    But it appears the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as on Wednesday the 21-year-old revealed his cricketing legend dad Shane Warne, 51, has some bizarre eating habits of his own. (The Daily Mail)

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Catherine Zeta-Jones who shared a super-sweet photo of her parents’ wedding and she looks just like her mum. (Hello! Magazine)

    Shikhar Dhawan shares childhood photo of his and of son Zorawar’s, says ‘apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ (The Hindustan Times)


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