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Proverb of the day: In return for a favour, he was slapped in the face آخر المعروف ينضرب بالكفوف

In return for a favour, he was slapped in the face

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Nov 2015
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آخر المعروف ينضرب بالكفوف

Akher el maarouf yenderib bel kofouf

Translation: In return for a favour, he was slapped in the face.

 

Meaning: No good deed goes unpunished. This proverb is outdated, although it is brief and nicely rhymed. The language is modern and easy to understand, so you can still use it to impress friends. Say someone asks you to buy something and then complains because it was the wrong colour, shape, or brand – this is when you use it.

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 

 

 

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