softly, softly, catchee monkey

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softly, softly, catchee monkey

A slow and careful way of resolving an issue, typically when dealing with a deceptive or otherwise challenging person or thing. Don't you worry, we'll lull that crook into a false sense of security and then trap him—softly, softly, catchee monkey.
See also: monkey
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How does - "Ah, Daniel, zere ees a saying, softlee, softlee catchee monkee, and wot we 'ave done ees - " Well, what they have done is nick what Manuel calls "ze George Clooney of ze monkeys and ze J-Lo of ze monkeys" and on moonlit summer nights they will promenade on the outskirts of La Linea just across the border, breathing seductively in monkey-speak something along the lines of: "Ola, Sunshine, lookin' for a good time are we?
Also we are up to our necks in swill in Syria where the poor people are paying an appalling price for something that is not their fault, but don't you know old boy the real target is Iran - softly softly catchee monkey as the saying goes.
Gerardine Meishan Goh, Softly, Softly Catchee Monkey: Informalism and the Quiet Development of International Space Law, 87 NEB.
Softly, softly, catchee appy is the agency's smart new business mantra.
He'll switch him off, creep and creep, softly softly hopefully catchee monkey.
Sam Gin complains about white men being paid more than the Chinese for the same job, but Ah Coy challenges his claim: "By and by white man catchee no money; Chinaman catchee heap money; Chinaman workee cheap, plenty work; white man workee dear, no work.
It's slowly, slowly, catchee monkey," said David Bruce, a London-based Hiscox division head of specialty for Syndicate 33.
54) Yet the concerns about cross-examination of children are just as relevant to those defence counsel who use the '[s]oftly, softly, catchee, monkey' approach, (55) since repetitive, accusatory, suggestive and misleading cross-examination is just as possible using a quiet approach as it is with a more aggressive approach.
In his second series of Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better, currently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4, in a programme devoted to the virtues of patience, he recalled this week how his Welsh grandfather had introduced him to the concept/phrase 'Slowly slowly catchee monkey' and asked, querulously, "what part of that don't you understand?
Sometimes it's softly, softly, catchee monkey, other times it's.
But it'll have to be softly, softly, catchee monkey, which means convincing your partner her son has to face up to things.
Their theme was set to be "software, software, catchee monkey".
I've always believed in slowly, slowly, catchee monkey and we opened with very little advertising.
Ees: me go to-morrow catchee cod: next day, catchee cod: next day come seven day [Sunday] me no catchee cod; me takee book, look up God (63) >>.
Slowly, slowly, catchee monkey" is an expression used by a Nigerian business associate to describe how progress is achieved in his country.