Haste makes waste

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Haste makes waste is a proverb that has been in use for hundreds of years. We will examine the meaning of the proverb haste makes waste, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

Haste makes waste means rushing into action without thinking it through; the results are often not very good and end up costing more time and money than if one had taken the time to think things through beforehand. The expression haste makes waste was first recorded in 1546 in John Heywood’s work, A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the englishe tongue.


Unfortunately, haste makes waste, and stopgap “good enough” security solutions left businesses with a severe lack of visibility across corporate and personal devices and ramshackle incident response plans in the event of a breach. (Forbes Magazine)

Going too fast – There is an old saying that says “haste makes waste,” this is absolutely true in field dressing a deer. (Lawton Constitution)

Proving the adage that “haste makes waste,” ACA25 was rushed through the Assembly in only three weeks. (The Daily Breeze)

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