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What does this saying actually mean?

A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush? I hear it all the time in this stupid commerical and have no idea what it even means. lol. I have heard it other times on tv too.

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anxious1stimer

Asked by anxious1stimer at 3:53 PM on Jan. 6, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  • I don't get it...never heard of it...hmm?

    I have heard of "killing 2 birds with 1 stone"....lol
    Butterfly1108

    Answer by Butterfly1108 at 3:55 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • It means something you have is worth more than twice something you don't. It comes from hunting birds of years ago. Meaning if get one bird, that's better than seeing two, but not being able to catch them, and having nothing to take home.
    SweetLuci

    Answer by SweetLuci at 3:56 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • I've heard it to but have no clue what it means. I mute it every time it comes on cause I don't know what it means.
    Proud_Mommy05

    Answer by Proud_Mommy05 at 3:56 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • luvmygrlz

    Answer by luvmygrlz at 3:56 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • Meaning: It's better to have a small real advantage than the possibility of a greater one.

    Origin: This proverb refers back to medieval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-bird-in-the-hand.html

    Trust the Brits to explain things well!
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:57 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • Basically and simply put, if you have something right now (i.e. a bird in the hand), it's worth more than the risk of possibly going for more and not getting it (i.e. two in the bush - both could fly away and you have nothing). Appreciate what you have.
    amybaby_19

    Answer by amybaby_19 at 3:58 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • It's better to have a small real advantage than the possibility of a greater one.
    Mrs.B3

    Answer by Mrs.B3 at 3:58 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • It simply means hold onto a for sure thing.
    idaspida

    Answer by idaspida at 4:00 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • Yeah I always wondered that too, thanks for explaining that ladies!
    INmommyof1

    Answer by INmommyof1 at 5:14 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • I know what you mean. I have no idea but let me know when you find out.
    horsesteelers

    Answer by horsesteelers at 6:28 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

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