cat in gloves catches no mice
- This expression means that if you are too careful and polite, you may not obtain what you want.
Negotiate carefully, but remember : a cat in gloves catches no mice!
English Idioms & idiomatic expressions. 2014.
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a cat in gloves catches no mice — Restraint and caution (or ‘pussyfooting’) achieve nothing. Cf. 14th cent. Fr. chat engaunté ne surrizera ja bien, a gloved cat will never mouse well. 1573 J. SANFORDE Garden of Pleasure 105 A gloued catte can catche no myse. 1592 G. DELAMOTHE… … Proverbs new dictionary
cat — see it doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice a cat in gloves catches no mice a cat may look at a king when the cat’s away, the mice will play the cat, the rat, and Lovell the dog, rule all England under the hog … Proverbs new dictionary
Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind … Proverbs new dictionary
catch — see you cannot catch old birds with chaff it doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice a cat in gloves catches no mice a drowning man will clutch at a straw eagles don’t catch flies … Proverbs new dictionary
mouse — see a mouse may help a lion one for the mouse, one for the crow, one to rot, one to grow the best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley it doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice a cat in gloves catches no mice … Proverbs new dictionary
glove — see a cat in gloves catches no mice … Proverbs new dictionary
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