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He who hesitates is lost.

Prov. People should act decisively. Jill: Should I apply for that job? At first I thought I definitely should, but now I don't know.... Jane: She who hesitates is lost. Call that girl and ask her out. Call her right now. He who hesitates is lost.
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hesitate over something

to pause before acting on something; to suspend action about someone or something. We are hesitating over the final decision because we have some doubts about the competitors. Do not hesitate too long over this matter.
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If there's anything you need, don't hesitate to ask.

a polite phrase offering help in finding something or by providing something. (Often said by a host or by someone helping someone settle into something. See also If you don't see what you want, please ask (for it).) Mary: This looks very nice. I'll be quite comfortable here. Jane: If there's anything you need, don't hesitate to ask. "If there is anything you need, don't hesitate to ask," said the room clerk.
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he who hesitates is lost

One who cannot come to a decision will suffer for it, as in I couldn't make up my mind, and now the offer has expired-he who hesitates is lost. Although the idea is undoubtedly older, the present wording is a misquotation or an adaptation from Joseph Addison's play Cato (1712): "The woman that deliberates is lost."
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Summary: The Tunisian Minister of Economy and Finance, Hakim Ben Hammouda, on Monday painted a gloomy financial picture for the north African country, saying that domestic and foreign investors are still hesitating in doing business.
Kayani were hesitating to remove the ISI Chief Nadeem Taj.
HESITATING to give vent to the anger and frustration of many Sefton Park regulars, regarding unleashed dogs attacking a lone cob and his six young, after witnessing the heroic efforts of one man (Sean) who didn't hesitate, I've succumbed.
Demanding more freebies: Libya's new ambassador to the UN says he thinks Iran and North Korea are hesitating to ditch their nuclear programs because they see that the Americans have done little for Libya since it dumped its nuclear program.
What teacher these days would rap the back of a six-year-old's hand with the edge of a ruler for hesitating during a reading test?
He stood at my bedside (three planks of wood and three blankets) in a flax mill, with the information I was on charge for hesitating to obey an order.
I'm hesitating making the switch because I've built up so many handy bookmarks over the years that I'd hate to have to create a new browser list.
Other missteps identified by recruiters were committing cultural gaffes and/or political suicide (16 percent), waiting too long to implement change (16 percent), not spending enough face time with subordinates (14 percent), getting sidetracked by "fire drills" (11 percent) and hesitating on tough personnel decisions (10 percent).
I can't promise gay programming," he says, hesitating, "but it would be really remiss of me if I didn't try to find shows on this network that accurately reflect gay life.
of Huntington, Maryland, also 16, noticed his plight from the beach and without hesitating swam to render assistance.
Forward Jerome Moiso made UCLA's next mistake - an ill-advised 3-pointer that he attempted after hesitating for a second.
The Tilt-A-Whirl, for example, spins its passengers in one direction, then another, sometimes hesitating between forays and sometimes swinging them abruptly from one motion to another.