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Proverbs containing the word Catch

A cat in gloves catches no mice

Sometimes you cannot get what you want by being careful and polite. Restraint and caution (or ‘pussyfooting’) achieve nothing. This is... Read more →

Throw out a sprat to catch a mackerel

If we use a small fish as a bait, we shall shall catch a large one. It is worth sacrificing a little in order to gain a great deal more. A... Read more →

If you run after two hares you will catch neither

Don't try to do two things at once. Concentrate on one or the other.

The fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait

It doesn’t do to be too curious or inquisitive.

You must lose a fly to catch a trout

It is worth sacrificing a little in order to gain a great deal more. Here the fly is the bait on the angler's hook. This proverbs means the same... Read more →

First catch your hare

You cannot cook and eat it until you have caught it, which may not be easy. Don't decide what you are going to do with a thing until it is in... Read more →

Catch your bear before you sell its skin

This is another way of saying Never spend your money before you have it.The proverb means act prudently and don't be over-optimistic.

Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance

This warns us against wasting time on trivial aspects of a matter, because in doing so we may neglect the essential matter itself.

Set a thief to catch a thief

A thief knows all the tricks of the game, so it is best fitted to catch others engaged in it. A similar proverb is An old poacher makes the best... Read more →

Catch as catch can

Get all you can by whatever means you have at your disposal. A youth who makes a living by begging and running errands can be said to lead a... Read more →