A bird in the hand is worth tow in the bush, I never quite understood that phras

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  1. NemoBerleue profile image60
    NemoBerleueposted 12 years ago

    A bird in the hand is worth tow in the bush, I never quite understood that phrase.  Help?

  2. profile image0
    L a d y f a c eposted 12 years ago

    1: what you have or know is better than something you do not have or know
    2: keep what you have and don't be greedy for more
    3: don't risk losing what you have by trying to get more
    4: Having something for certain is better than the possibility of getting something better
    5: it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything

    They all center around the same idea though.


  3. puebloman profile image61
    pueblomanposted 12 years ago

    A "bird" is slang for the male member. One sexual encounter by hand is worth two "in the bush"

  4. debbiesdailyviews profile image59
    debbiesdailyviewsposted 12 years ago

    It's better to have something small and real that you can touch.
    Than an idea of something much bigger, that isn't real

  5. sabrinaaq profile image59
    sabrinaaqposted 12 years ago

    It means it's better to be satisfied with what you have rather than get greedy and risky and possibly end up with nothing at all. Be happy you have the one bird and dont try to risk that bird for the two in the bush over there. smile

  6. Apostle Jack profile image60
    Apostle Jackposted 12 years ago

    DEFINITION:N: What you HAVE you don't have to worry about.THAT is worth what you may or may not get in the bush.I once caught a small fish,and fish all day and didn't catch another one.You know what,It was worth the 100 that I didn't catch and I still had a meal.

  7. Hawkers Bazaar profile image60
    Hawkers Bazaarposted 12 years ago

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush refers to the value of something that you have worked hard for which is worth more than double the item if you haven't worked hard to get it.

    If you take the phrase literally, then a bird in the hand would be a trained bird. It would have had a lot of effort and time taken to get the bird to be tame and to be sitting in your hand. Where as two birds in the bush would be wild and have little value as they would not sit in your hand and be worth less to you than the tame bird.

    Therefor take this meaning and look at it in life. For example if you work hard to pay off your car, you will look after it and service it, make sure it always looks clean and tidy. If you get gifted a car or win it, i.e don't earn it, then you are less likely to look after it because you'll see no hard earned value in it. So something that you have worked hard for is worth more than something that you haven't.


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