think twice, cut once

Less generally current than the very similar measure twice, cut once.

1984 New York Times 9 Sept. (section 11NJ) 8 ‘Think twice, cut once,’ the amateur hobbyist is advised, and note that, beginning in 1871, it took 15 years to design and build the Statue of Liberty.

1994 Independent 18 Apr. 18 Brushing up their skills at an Academy of Hair; Jeremy Ettinghausen visits a school where the first lesson is: ‘Think twice, cut once’.

1996 Bookseller 19 Jan. 27 As they say in carpentry—think twice; cut once!


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