If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #323



今回のフレーズは「If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.」です。

「If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.」は、直訳すると「もし願いが馬であったなら、乞食は馬に乗るだろう」となりますが、実際には「願いが叶うなら、誰もが望み通りになるだろう」という意味になります。


例えば、友達が「宝くじが当たったらいいのに」と言ったときに、「If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.(願うだけでは何も変わらないよ/現実はそんなに甘くないよ)」と返すことができます。また、誰かが夢ばかり語って具体的な行動を起こさない場合にも、「You need to take action. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.(行動を起こさなきゃ。願うだけじゃ何も変わらないよ)」と言うことができます。

「If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.」というフレーズは、17世紀のスコットランドのことわざに由来しています。かつて馬は貴重な財産であり、誰でも簡単に乗ることができるわけではありませんでした。つまり、ただ願うだけでは夢はかなわず、実際の努力や行動が必要であるという教訓が込められています。

まとめると、「If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.」は、文字通り「もし願いが馬だったら、乞食は馬に乗るだろう」という意味ではなく、願望だけでは物事はうまくいかないという現実を表現するイディオムです。このフレーズを使うことで、現実的な行動の重要性を伝えることができます。

この「If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.」を使って、夢や願望を語るだけでなく、具体的な行動を促す場面で活用してみてください。

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.


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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.