Curiosity killed the cat

Idiom

Curiosity killed the cat

Definition

This phrase is used to warn people to think carefully before taking any action, as exploring and investigating too much can often lead to dangerous situations.

Examples

I wanted to spy on my neighbor, but I remembered the saying ‘Curiosity killed the cat’ and decided against it.

My father always warned me to not be too nosy, saying ‘Curiosity killed the cat.’

Origin

This phrase originates from the 1598 play “Every Man in His Humour” by English playwright Ben Jonson.

Faqs

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What does “Curiosity killed the cat” mean?

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This phrase is used to warn people to think carefully before taking any action, as exploring and investigating too much can often lead to dangerous situations.

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Where does this phrase come from?

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This phrase originates from the 1598 play “Every Man in His Humour” by English playwright Ben Jonson.