First catch your hare

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • First catch your hare make sure you have a thing first before you think what to do with it—from a direction in Mrs Glasse's cookery-book, where catch, however, was a misprint for 'case'=skin
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hara; Dut. haas, Dan. hare, Ger. hase.

Usage

In literature:

If you catch your hare you may roast him, but catch him first, Governor!
"Alice of Old Vincennes" by Maurice Thompson
First catch your hare.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
In the making of hare-soup, I am told the first requisite is to catch your hare.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
In all cases, therefore, we will agree with the judicious Mrs. Glass: 'First catch your hare!
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
But, as the Newtoness of Cookery observed, First catch your hare.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
There is a famous old saying that to make hare stew it is first necessary to catch your hare.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
Naturally it's a case of 'first catch your hare'.
"The Girls of St. Cyprian's" by Angela Brazil
First catch your hare.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
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