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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
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer