bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

It is better to have something less valuable than to pursue something more valuable that may not be able to be obtained. I think I'll keep my modest winnings rather than wagering them all on the next horse race. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
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bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Prov. Having something for certain is better than the possibility of getting something better. I might get a better offer, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Bill has offered to buy my car for $3,000 cash. Someone else might pay more, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
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Nothing ventured, nothing gained; but it's better to be safe than sorry, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
The tricky question asked the students to recognize the proverb "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," but the bird was called a feathered biped and the bush was a "greatly overgrown shrubbery.