belling the cat


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belling the cat

mouse’s proposal for warning of cat’s approach; application fatal. [Gk. Lit.: Aesop’s Fables]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Bill was not a mouse, or he would be belling the cat.
What is clear is that his rejoinder has the potential to go far beyond simply dredging up the past or belling the cat: For some Lebanese, at least, the effect might be to instigate an exercise in sober second thought.