The pitcher goes so often to the well that it is broken at last

This means that long-continued success ends at length in failure; and that long-continued impunity ends at length in punishment. However many times an action is performed, it will be done once too often; and however many times a swindler, trickster or thief succeeds, he will finally get caught out.

http://english.al/proverb/the-pitcher-goes-so-often-to-the-well-that-it-is-broken-at-last/

 

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little pitchers have big ears

– small children often hear things that you think they won’t notice or things that they are not supposed to hear

Little pitchers have big ears and we were surprised that the little boy understood everything that we had said.

http://www.idiomconnection.com/proverbs.html

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