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    what is the meaning

    What is the meaning of the phrase a "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle"? Where does it come from? Why do we use the indefinite article before "man" and "woman" in this sentence?

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    Re: what is the meaning

    It is in fact "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle".

    It's an aphorism so "a" indicates unspecificity.

    Have you ever seen a fish on a bicycle? It is the last thing it needs. So the aphorism implies women can exist quite well without men.

    The alteration in the saying makes it meaningless.

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