Proverb of the day: He fasted and then broke his fast with an onion صام و فطر على بصله

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Dec 2015

He fasted and then broke his fast with an onion

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 صام و فطر على بصله

Sam we feter ala basalah

Translation: He fasted and then broke his fast with an onion.

Meaning: This proverb is still used to describe someone who has worked hard, or deprived themselves from something for a long time, only to end up in a bad situation. This saying could be applied to a student who spends years studying to be a doctor but ends up driving a cab, or even a young woman who has turned down many suitors and then marries the wrong man. 

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

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 
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