Today, my teacher gave me an assignment to write down a conversation using the phrase:

Are you a man or a mouse?

I don't know what that phrase means, can you please help me with this?

  • Not giving a full answer since it's homework, but it means the same as: Are you a man, or are you a mouse? What are the biggest differences between being a man and being a mouse?
    – Justin
    Oct 30, 2019 at 13:49

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A mouse will run away from danger. When someone says, "Are you a man or a mouse?", they are saying, "Don't be a coward like a mouse. Be courageous like a man."

It is generally used when you are trying to make a scared man do something dangerous (like charge into battle).


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