Are you a man or a mouse?

Are you a man or a mouse?

A phrase of encouragement, typically in situations where courage is required. You have to confront your co-workers if they're mistreating you. Come on, are you a man or a mouse?
See also: man
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man or a mouse, (are you) a

Bold and brave or timid and cowardly. This alliterative comparison dates from the sixteenth century, when an unknown writer penned, “Fear not, she saith unto her spouse, a man or a mouse whether ye be” (Scholehouse of Women, ca. 1541).
See also: man
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