It means that sometimes by sacrificing a little, one may avoid a much greater loss.

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Mais vale perder os anéis do que os dedos


Vão-se os anéis e fiquem os dedos.

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    Mais vale uma pomba na mão que duas a voar. Pelo menos é muito usada aqui em Portugal Aug 8, 2015 at 19:18

There is saying in Portuguese, "Mais vale perder, que mais perder" that means "better to lose some than lose more/a lot".


Mais vale um pássaro na mão do que dois voando

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