Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

more than one way to skin a cat

more than one way to skin a cat
Meaning(s)
1) numerous methods, a variety of ways (to do something)
  • How to MemorizePopularity LowProfessional LowSocial
    • there is more than one way to skin a cat
  • Analysis
    This idiom means there are many different approaches or ways of doing something other than the most popular. You might say this to remind someone there might be an approach or solution that they may not have thought of yet: "I can't seem to get this diagram to work. There's too much information." "Well, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Have you thought about making a video instead?" This idiom is a bit gruesome in its origins - 'to skin' something means to remove the skin - so maybe don't use it with your animal loving friends!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Well, we didn't get that deal, but there's more than one way to skin a cat. We'll keep trying until we make it happen!
    2. We have been really focused on inbound marketing recently, but there is more than one way to skin a cat and here is a diagram of how other approaches might improve our revenue.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I was devastated when I didn't get the results I needed to go to the university I wanted. My friend reminded me there was more than one way to skin a cat, I did a one year course and ended up in my dream college.
    2. The diversity of families we observe today proves there is more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to raising children. 
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