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onsen
Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 9:05:09 PM
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Hello,

glass (headword)
People who live in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones.
= people who have done something wrong should be aware of criticizing others.
(Harrap’s Standard Learners’ English Dictionary)

I suppose 'criticizing others' should be 'being criticized by others'.

Thank you
tunaafi
Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 2:04:11 AM

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No.

It is a warning not to criticise others if you have done something wrong yourself.
thar
Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 2:23:13 AM

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It makes more sense if you say

People who have done something wrong should beware of criticising others.

If you live in a glass house, you are vulnerable to people throwing stones at you.
So you shouldn't throw stones at other people.



An old proverb, written variously over time as:
'Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.'
'Don't throw stones at your neighbors', if your own windows are glass.' '

Presumably relating to symbolism from the story about literal punishment the in the Bible (New Testament, the peace and love bit not the smite and punish bit) about stoning a woman to death for their perceived sin - "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".
Since nobody is without sin....
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