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a sparrow in the hand is better than the pigeon on the roof
proverb It is better to have something less valuable in one's current possession than to pursue something more valuable that may not be able to be obtained. The phrase comes from German. I think I'll keep my modest winnings rather than wagering them all on the next horse race. A sparrow in the hand is better than the pigeon on the roof.
1. slang Very early in the morning. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, New Zealand. Please tell me that's a fresh pot of coffee because I've been on call since sparrow-fart.
2. slang Someone or something regarded as unimportant or insignificant. That sparrow-fart can say whatever she wants—that doesn't mean I'm going to listen to her.
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