bell the cat

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Etymology[edit]

From a mediaeval fable in which mice want to put a bell round the cat's neck but cannot agree who should do it.

Verb[edit]

bell the cat (third-person singular simple present bells the cat, present participle belling the cat, simple past and past participle belled the cat)

  1. (idiomatic) To undertake a dangerous action in the service of a group.

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