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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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With two players and the treatment table and another serving a ban, Rafa Benitez's best-laid plans for the season are already in tatters.
THE best-laid plans of a young woman called Maggie go awry in this New York comedy of manners.
The police are readying a trap for the prime suspect in the serial killer case, but their best-laid plans soon come unstuck.
Everything begins unraveling when her dad moves out, however: her mother becomes addicted to pills and ends up in the hospital with a possible suicide attempt; she meets and begins to fall for a boy named Declan; and all of her best-laid plans come into question.
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.
He told the jury: "Here we go again, we have real life interfering in the best-laid plans.
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.
The literature reveals that there is a broad range of differentiated instructional techniques to choose from, but the best-laid plans tend to fall by the wayside in the face of the struggle between teaching and maintaining classroom control.
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.
And Thomas admitted his best-laid plans to unsettle the pacesetters were once again spoiled by Team Colombia's counter-attack.
He covers its teaching, research, and community involvement highlights in light of the cyclical nature of the growth of an institution, factors that affect the best-laid plans, and the tortuous decision-making process.