I may have dreamed this but I remember my Japanese teacher telling our class (23yr ago) about a Japanese proverb that went something like:

It's sin not to take the fish you catch

The teacher explained this to mean, men use this proverb to justify cheating. That it means, if a woman offers herself it's a sin not to accept.

What is this proverb?

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    – chocolate
    Commented Aug 19, 2023 at 16:19
  • 話の具合的に、「据え膳食わぬは男の恥」と「釣った魚にエサはやらぬ」がごっちゃになってるんですかね… Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 7:17

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The closest phrase in Japanese would be 据え膳食わぬは男の恥, but it says nothing about fish. The literal meaning of this phrase is "Not eating the meal set before him is a man's shame".

  • That's probably it. Thanks
    – gman
    Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 8:09

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