longest way round is the shortest way home
the longest way round is the shortest way home
proverb Doing something carefully and properly will ultimately prove the quickest and most efficacious method, as trying to cut corners will cause problems that require more time and effort down the line. Just follow the instructions! If you jump ahead, we'll have to waste time undoing everything you messed up. The longest way round is the shortest way home. I don't mind if it takes a little longer to write—I'd rather get the report right the first time instead of having to do continuous touchups to it. The longest way round is the shortest way home.
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longest way round is the shortest way homeand longest way round is the nearest way home
Prov. It may seem as if it will take too long to do something carefully and according to directions, but in fact it will take less time than doing something carelessly, because you will not have to fix it afterwards. I would advise you to read the instructions before trying to use your new stereo. It takes some time, but the longest way round is the nearest way home.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.