القرعة تتباهى بشعر بنت أختها
El ar’a tetbaha be sha’r bent okhtaha
Translation: The baldheaded woman brags about the hair of her niece.
Meaning: This proverb, still very much in use, is said when someone is bragging about something they don't actually have.
Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha
Translated by: Nabil Shawkat