Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel

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Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:29 pm

- Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel, the store is offering in its summer sale a chrome blender for £99 (was £149) to those who spend £50 or more.

Hi everybody! According to an online dictionary "Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel" is primarily heard in the UK. Is it used in conversations in the US and Canada, as well?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Re: Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel

Post by trolley » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:10 pm

Not in my neck of the Canadian woods, Steve. I don't think I've ever heard it. In fact, I had to look up sprat to see what is was (besides that guy who couldn't eat fat). I can't think of another saying that conveys that same idea (using something small to gain something much larger). I thought about sayings like "for want of a nail..." or "from the tiny acorn grows the mighty oak" but those aren't really the same idea. Those are about big things happening as a result of small things...the "butterfly effect " or the big doors, small hinges thing we discussed a while ago.
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Re: Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel

Post by Phil White » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:54 pm

Although I know the idiom as a British speaker, I cannot remember the last time I heard or read it. As far as I can judge, it is not common in the UK either!
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Re: Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:11 am

trolley and Phil White : Thanks a lot for your help. I really appreciate it.

StevenLoan
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