- Kill a chicken to scare the monkeys: Use someone as an example to warn others.
- Either the fish dies or the net breaks: A life or death struggle; there are only two choices/outcomes.
I was wondering earlier why the predominant color of Islam is green. This led me to wondering why it's also associated with emotions like envy and jealousy. Here are a few of the fruits of my dig deep down into the "emerald mine of knowledge" that is the Internet.
From Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice: