pride comes before a fall

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pride comes before a/the fall

proverb Having too much pride or confidence will cause one to make mistakes that lead to a setback or failure. The phrase is adapted from a verse in the Book of Proverbs in the Bible: "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." A: "He's so unwilling to delegate any responsibility to anyone else that I'm sure he's going to end up crumbling beneath all the pressure." B: "Well, pride comes before a fall." A: "There's no way they'd fire me—I'm way too important to the company!" B: "Just be careful, Tom. Pride comes before the fall, after all."
See also: before, come, fall, pride
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pride comes before a fall

When people say pride comes before a fall, they mean that if people are too proud or confident, they are likely to fail eventually. I know that pride comes before a fall but I think that there are a few times in a man's life when he must stand up and be counted.
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pride comes before a ˈfall

(saying) if you are too proud or confident, something may happen which will make you look foolish: Remember, John, pride comes before a fall. Don’t go round talking about your success in business all the time.
See also: before, come, fall, pride
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