Brazilian Saying: To feed steak to a cat

Portuguese: Dar carne a gato.

Literal translation: To feed steak to a cat.

English equivalent: To loosen the ropes.

Meaning: To make it easy for someone, particularly for someone smart or skilled. The cat is supposedly an efficient predator that can catch their own prey.

Note: This blog is part of a series on Brazilian Sayings (in Portuguese, “Ditados Brasileiros”). They cover expressions commonly used in Brazilian Portuguese that may or may not translate perfectly into English.

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