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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!
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