Definition of you (can) catch more flies with honey than (with) vinegar in US English:

you (can) catch more flies with honey than (with) vinegar

phrase

proverb
  • It is more effective to be polite and flattering than to be hostile or demanding.

    • ‘You're making bald accusations against him, but you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, you know.’
    • ‘I have no reason to believe that "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" doesn't apply to politics.’
    • ‘Whoever said you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar had no clue.’
    • ‘The government's subdued reaction to the case is just another case where you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.’
    • ‘She sought to be less confrontational under the assumption that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.’
    • ‘I accepted her criticisms, recognizing that I would probably catch more flies with honey than vinegar.’
    • ‘Someone should teach them that you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.’
    • ‘Her thesis in this piece appears to be that female academics ought to be using their wiles to confront inequality because "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar".’
    • ‘So what's wrong with a book whose basic message is: you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?’