haste makes waste

Waste properly means the squandering of time, money, etc., though it is also used with reference to material waste.

c 1386 CHAUCER Tale of Melibee 1.1053 The proverbe seith..in wikked haste is no profit.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. ii. A3 Som thyngs..show after weddyng, that haste maketh waste.

1663 S. BUTLER Hudibras I. iii. Festina lente, not too fast; For haste (the Proverb says) makes waste.

1853 R. C. TRENCH On Lessons in Proverbs i. Many Proverbs, such as Haste makes waste..have nothing figurative about them.

1997 Washington Post: Washington Business 29 Dec. 15 But I’ve let myself be an impulsive Internet shopper, too, and I usually regret it. In ’98, my motto is ‘haste makes waste.’


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  • haste makes waste — haste makes waste/more haste less speed/ phrase used for saying that if you do something too quickly, you are likely to make mistakes Thesaurus: ways of telling someone not to hurrysynonym Main entry: haste * * * haste makes waste US used to say… …   Useful english dictionary

  • haste makes waste — This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you re likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • haste makes waste — time and resources are wasted when something is done in a hurry …   English contemporary dictionary

  • haste makes waste —    This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you re likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Haste makes waste —   This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you re likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • haste — [heıst] n [U] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old Frenc] 1.) great speed in doing something, especially because you do not have enough time = ↑hurry ▪ I soon regretted my haste. in your haste to do sth ▪ In his haste to leave, he forgot his briefcase. 2.) in …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • haste — [ heıst ] noun uncount FORMAL great speed in doing something because of limited time: in someone s haste to do something: In my haste to escape, I tripped over a fallen branch. haste makes waste used for saying that if you do something too… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • haste — [hāst] n. [ME < OFr < Frank * haist, violence, akin to OE hæst < IE base * k̑eibh , quick, violent > Sans s̍ibham, quick] 1. the act of hurrying; quickness of motion; rapidity 2. the act of hurrying carelessly or recklessly [haste… …   English World dictionary

  • haste — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Swiftness Nouns haste, urgency; dispatch; acceleration, spurt, forced march, rush, dash; velocity; precipitancy, precipitation, precipitousness; impatience, impetuosity; expedition, earliness; hurry,… …   English dictionary for students

  • haste — hasteful, adj. hastefully, adv. hasteless, adj. hastelessness, n. /hayst/, n., v., hasted, hasting. n. 1. swiftness of motion; speed; celerity: He performed his task with great haste. They felt the need for haste. 2. urgent need of quick action;… …   Universalium

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