more than one way to skin a cat

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more than one way to skin a cat

More than one method to reach the same end, as in We can get around that by renting instead of buying a computerthere's more than one way to skin a cat. This expression may be an American version of the earlier British more ways of killing a cat, but why the death of a cat should be alluded to at all is not clear. [Second half of 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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