Don’t stir sleeping dogs

This great advice is a nice congruent conflation of “let sleeping dogs lie” and “don’t stir a hornet’s nest”, both meaning to not instigate trouble. “Stir the pot” (exacerbate a tense situation) might also be in the mix. This one reminds me of a prior malaphor post: “Don’t wake up a sleeping dog” (May 2014).

A big thank you to Frank Gavio who heard this one in a conversation and sent it in.


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