a bleating sheep loses a bite

Opportunities are missed through too much chatter.

1599 J. MINSHEU Dialogues in Spanish 20 That sheepe that bleateth looseth a bit [mouthful].

1659 G. TORRIANO English & Italian Dict. 37 A bleating sheep loseth her pasture.

1861 T. HUGHES Tom Brown at Oxford II. vii. He said something about a bleating sheep losing a bite; but I should think this young man is not much of a talker.

1978 R. v. JONES Most Secret War xlv. I thought of reminding him [Churchill] of an adage that I had learnt from my grandfather: ‘Every time a sheep bleats it loses a nibble.’

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