softly, softly, catchee monkey

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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'Sometimes it's softly, softly, catchee monkey, other times it's...' and here he draws a finger across his throat with relish.
But it'll have to be softly, softly, catchee monkey, which means convincing your partner her son has to face up to things.
But the Tao belief is don't rush: remember the old Chinese saying: "Softly, softly, catchee monkey!"