look before you leap


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look before you leap

An expression that encourages forethought and consideration of possible consequences before taking action. If you deceive your boss now, what do you think will happen if he finds out about it? I mean, look before you leap!
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Look before you leap.

Prov. Cliché Think carefully about what you are about to do before you do it. I'm not saying you shouldn't sign the lease for that apartment. I'm just saying you should look before you leap. Jill: I'm thinking about going to night school. Jane: Are you sure you can spare the time and the money? Look before you leap.
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look before you leap

Think of the consequences before you act, as in You'd better check out all the costs before you buy a cellular phone-look before you leap . This expression alludes to Aesop's fable about the fox who is unable to climb out of a well and persuades a goat to jump in. The fox then climbs on the goat's horns to get out, while the goat remains trapped. [c. 1350]
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look before you leap

you shouldn't act without first considering the possible consequences or dangers. proverb
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ˌlook before you ˈleap

(saying) think carefully about the possible risks and effects before you decide to do something: I know you don’t like this job but don’t just accept the first job offered to you. Remember to look before you leap.
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