Proverb of the day: They gave the cat the key to the pigeon coop مسكوا القط مفتاح البرج

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 Nov 2015

They gave the cat the key to the pigeon coop

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 مسكوا القط مفتاح البرج  

Masseku el qott moftah el borg

Translation: They gave the cat the key to the pigeon coop

 

Meaning: They put their trust in the wrong person. Cats cannot be entrusted with the safety of small birds, so giving a cat access to the pigeon house is a big mistake. Another surviving example of the same proverb is “eddu el qott moftah al karar,” or “they gave the cat the key to the cellar.”

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 
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