all is fish that comes to the net

Everything can be used to advantage. The is frequently replaced by a possessive pronoun or phrase. Similar in form and sense to all is grist that comes to the mill.

c 1520 in Ballads from MSS (1868–72) I. 95 Alle ys ffysshe that commyth to the nett.

1564 w. BULLEIN Dialogue against Fever 70 Takyng vp commoditie [opportunity], refusyng nothyng: all is fishe that commeth to the nette.

1680 BUNYAN Mr. Badman 19 What was his fathers could not escape his fingers, all was fish that came to his net.

1848 DICKENS Dombey & Son ix. ‘All’s fish that comes to your net, I suppose?’ ‘Certainly,’ said Mr. Brogley. ‘But sprats an’t whales, you know.’

1936 A. CHRISTIE Murder in Mesopotamia xix. I don’t know that she cares for one more than the other... All’s fish that comes to her net at present.


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