Meaning: If you use a sprat to catch a mackerel, you make a small expenditure or take a small risk in the hope of a much greater gain.
- Category: Animals
Idioms similar to 'Sprat to catch a mackerel'
- Don't catch your chickens before they're hatched
- You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
Buy our lists of British English, American English and Animal idioms in PDF format. They're perfect to use offline for reference or for use in class!
If you have a question about idioms, ask us about it in our Idioms Discussion Forum.
If you know of an idiom that you would like to be listed here, please use our online form to suggest an idiom.