“A bird in the hand” means that even if a person has a small quantity of thing, it is better than the promised one having a large quantity. It also means to have something little than the promise of something more.
The origin of “a bird in the hand” is unknown. However, it is clear that it has emerged from the medieval fondness of falconry where a falcon was considered a good thing to catch more lying out there. However, it first mention is found in A Hand-Book of Proverbs by John Ray in 1670. It is mentioned as, “A [also ‘one’] bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
Examples in Sentences
Example #1: It can be used as a metaphor as “He did not sell his land to purchase more in the nearby town seeing that a bird is the hand is worth two in the bush.”
Example #2: Even if you are promised to be appointed a manager, see that you are settled here. Keep in mind that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
Example #3: He may not jump to the temptation of getting two apples from you, as he knows that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.