a\ little\ knowledge\ is\ a\ dangerous\ thing
literary
proverb
A person who knows a little about something may think he knows it all and make bad mistakes.

John has read a book on driving a car and now he thinks he can drive. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • thing — See: A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS THING, DO ONE S THING or DO ONE S OWN THING, FIRST THINGS COME FIRST, FOR ONE THING, SEE THINGS, SURE THING, TAKE IT EASY or TAKE THINGS EASY, TELL A THING OR TWO …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • thing — See: a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, do one s thing or do one s own thing, first things first, for one thing, see things, sure thing, take it easy or take things easy, tell a thing or two …   Словарь американских идиом

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