springes to catch woodcocks

springes to catch woodcocks

Traps to ensnare fools. (The woodcock was once regarded as synonymous with foolishness or stupidity.) The phrase was perhaps most famously used in Shakespeare's Hamlet. I know you're desperate to have a boyfriend, but you're just laying springes to catch woodcocks right now by spending so much time at dive bars. You won't find the right man that way!
See also: catch
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