Bird in the hand

Idiom

Bird in the hand

Definition

It is better to hold onto something you already have, rather than to risk losing it by trying to obtain something better.

Examples_Sentences

You may choose to accept a job offer that pays less than you were hoping for because it’s the only job you’ve been offered.

You may choose to buy a car that is less expensive, but in good condition, rather than to risk spending more money on a car that may not be as reliable.

Origin

Old English Proverb – ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’

FAQs

Q

What does ‘bird in the hand’ mean?

A

The phrase ‘bird in the hand’ means it is better to hold onto something you already have, rather than to risk losing it by trying to obtain something better.