Shoot first, ask questions later

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Shoot first, ask questions later.

Prov. Assume that everyone you encounter is hostile to you.; Take action, even though you do not know enough to be sure if it is the right action. If the foreman saw that one of the workers was working slowly, he didn't stop to find out if the worker was sick or unhappy; he just fired him. He believed in shooting first and asking questions later.
See also: ask, later, question, shoot
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A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The British Ambassador in Georgia has met officials at the Ministry of the Interior and has made it clear we do not want a shoot first, ask questions later policy.