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change horses in midstream, don't

Also, don't swap horses in midstream. It's unwise to alter methods or choose new leaders during a crisis, as in I don't hold with getting a new manager right now-let's not swap horses in midstream. This expression was popularized (although not originated) by Abraham Lincoln in a speech in 1864 when he discovered that the National Union League was supporting him for a second term as President.
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There is a long way to go in the competition yet in terms of the individual event but I certainly wouldn't want to swap horses.
The bad apples of this world will always latch on to such innovations, just as in a different era, highway robbers were happy to swap horses for cars.
They seem to swap partners as often as they swap horses.
Haverfordwest-based trainer Peter Bowen said: 'It took us five-and-a-half hours to get up here last night and now we will go on to Folkestone - we will swap horses, picking up our runner there, Cresswell Quay and dropping off Battle Warning at the Severn Bridge so to speak.
Also being linked to Wigan - as an outside contender if the Warriors do decide to swap horses - is another former hero, SALFORD REDS coach Andy Gregory.