Fish or Cut Bait

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Either do something or let others do without delaying, to finally make a choice

Etymology:

  • Since 19th century, this idiom was much popular, actually it is a metaphor, which describes a person who has a fishing rod in his hand, but he does not do any fishing. If the same rod is given to someone else he might catch one. The dawdler might be asked to drop his rod in water for fishing or he must cut the bait line so that someone else is given a chance to finally catch a fish.
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To save your relation you have to fish or cut bait, otherwise it is going nowhere.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Fish or Cut Bait':

fish or cut baitTo choose between taking action now, or forgoing the opportunity and putting that energy into another endeavor; to decide.
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魚またはカットベイト

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