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fine words butter no parsnips #1 (permalink) Mon Nov 01, 2010 21:03 pm   fine words butter no parsnips
 

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ESL/EFL Test #349 "English Slang Idioms (70)", question 6

"That is great that you are planning on doing better in college than I did but fine ......... butter no parsnips," his sister reminded him.

(a) ideas
(b) plans
(c) words
(d) actions

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #349 "English Slang Idioms (70)", answer 6

"That is great that you are planning on doing better in college than I did but fine words butter no parsnips," his sister reminded him.

Correct answer: (c) words

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fine words butter no parsnips #2 (permalink) Mon Nov 01, 2010 21:31 pm   fine words butter no parsnips
 

This idiom means that words alone are useless, especially flattering phrases or fine promises, and you should judge people by what they do rather than by what they say.
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