You can't catch a weasel asleep

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You can't catch a weasel asleep An expression meaning you cannot surprise or trick an alert person. A typical usage would be: "The Yankees tried to lure us across the river, but you can't catch a weasel asleep."

From The Language of the Civil War by John D. Wright page 331.
 
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