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a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Definition of a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

  1. —used to mean that it is better to hold onto something one has than to risk losing it by trying to get something better.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the young of a feathered vertebrate

    :  any of a class (Aves) of warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by having the body more or less completely covered with feathers and the forelimbs modified as wings

    :  a game bird

  1. :  to observe or identify wild birds in their habitats

  1. :  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ

    :  the forelimb segment (as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

    :  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: as

  1. :  with the hands rather than by machine

  1. :  to touch or manage with the hands

    :  to deal with

    :  furl

  1. :  become

  1. :  having monetary or material value

    :  estimable

  1. :  monetary value

    :  the equivalent of a specified amount or figure

    :  the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held

  1. :  equal in value to

    :  having assets or income equal to

    :  deserving of

  1. :  being one more than one in number

  1. :  two countable individuals not specified

    :  a small approximate number of indicated things

  1. :  the second in a set or series

    :  a 2-dollar bill

    :  something having two units or members

  1. :  shrub

    :  a low densely branched shrub

    :  a close thicket of shrubs suggesting a single plant

  1. :  to support, mark, or protect with bushes

    :  to extend like a bush :  resemble a bush

  1. :  having a low-growing compact bushy habit

    :  serving, occurring in, or used in the bush

  1. :  bushing

  1. :  falling below acceptable standards :  unprofessional

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to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

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