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the best-laid plans

Said when something ends poorly or differently than expected, despite preparations for success. It is an abbreviated version of the full proverb "the best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray." I always thought our marriage was stable and that we'd be together forever. I guess it's true what they say, though, the best-laid plans and all that. A: "I've been working on this project for six months, and now, right before it's due, they tell me they want something completely different." B: "That's rough. The best-laid plans, I suppose."
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The police are readying a trap for the prime suspect in the serial killer case, but their best-laid plans soon come unstuck.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's best-laid plans to go all out for Democrats in the final weeks of the midterms are running smack into a widening Ebola crisis, as Americans anxiously turn to the government and their president for answers.
But the best-laid plans don't always come off, even with those girls in Magaluf who are best laid.
There is little doubt that City boss Manuel Pellegrini and new United gaffer David Moyes need to take time out to work on their acts if they're going to attract the kind of back-page tabloid coverage that the best-laid plans of every journo's favourite manager Jose Mourinho have brought about.
For 90 minutes it looked for all the world as though Spanish opposition would once again foil the Scot's best-laid plans.
Unfortunately, as with most of the chef's best-laid plans, it isn't quite the roaring success he had hoped.
That the best-laid plans of western peace-makers and democratizers are often thwarted by existing cultural norms is widely recognized today.
Australia followed their well-published blueprint to the letter at first: fiery quick James Pattinson (1-53) caught captain Graeme Smith (10) on the crease lbw as predicted before their best-laid plans went awry, the paper added.
We're not remotely surprised that the best-laid plans of these two-dimensional men are undone by cruel fate or that common sense is flung overboard for the sake of an adrenaline-fuelled action sequence.
Like we've seen in similar films (no Strings Attached, for example), pesky emotions always find a way to creep their way back into those best-laid plans and Jamie and Dylan soon discover that no matter hard you try, getting physical really does always lead to complications.
But we all know what happens to the best-laid plans.
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Trapattoni's men put in a gritty group campaign, drawing twice with Italy, and they might yet upset the best-laid plans of the bean-counters.
Even the best-laid plans need to be fluid and flexible when a new virus emerges and starts changing the rules," she said.
Summary: Usually by February, perhaps March, the best-laid plans start to crumble and old habits take over.