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practice makes perfect

Only by practicing or repeatedly doing something can one become proficient or skillful at it. A: "I just can't seem to get the rhythm of this song quire right." B: "Keep at it—practice makes perfect!" You can't expect to start a new sport and be amazing at it right away. As is always the case, practice makes perfect.
See also: make, perfect, practice

practice what (one) preaches

To do the things or behave the way that one advises, dictates, or espouses. My parents always told us to respect each other and not to bicker, but they rarely practiced what they preached. If you're going to tell your employees not to incur excessive, unnecessary costs to the company, then you had better practice what you preach.
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Practice makes perfect.

Prov. Cliché Doing something over and over again is the only way to learn to do it well. Jill: I'm not going to try to play the piano anymore. I always make so many mistakes. Jane: Don't give up. Practice makes perfect. Child: How come you're so good at peeling potatoes? Father: I did it a lot in the army, and practice makes perfect.
See also: make, perfect, practice

Practice what you preach.

Prov. Cliché You yourself should do the things you advise other people to do. Dad always told us we should only watch an hour of television every day, but we all knew he didn't practice what he preached.
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practice makes perfect

Frequently doing something makes one better at doing it, as in I've knit at least a hundred sweaters, but in my case practice hasn't made perfect. This proverbial expression was once put as Use makes mastery, but by 1560 the present form had become established.
See also: make, perfect, practice

practice what you preach

Behave as you would have others behave, as in You keep telling us to clean up, but I wish you'd practice what you preach. This idiom expresses an ancient idea but appeared in this precise form only in 1678. Also see do as I say.
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practice makes perfect

COMMON People say practice makes perfect to mean that if you practise something enough, you will eventually be able to do it perfectly. It is like learning to ride a bike. You may fall off a few times but practice makes perfect.
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practise what you preach

COMMON If you practise what you preach, you behave in the way that you encourage other people to behave. Note: The verb `practise' is spelled `practice' in American English. He practised what he preached, being more interested in moral values than money. I ought to be showing leadership and practise what I am preaching. Note: People sometimes vary this expression. The Bishop said the government had let the people down badly: it had preached love but practised hate.
See also: practise, preach, what

practice makes perfect

regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient in it.
See also: make, perfect, practice

practise what you preach

do what you advise others to do.
See also: practise, preach, what

ˌpractice makes ˈperfect

(saying) a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity regularly you will become very good at it: If you want to learn a language, speak it as much as you can. Practice makes perfect!
See also: make, perfect, practice

ˌpractise what you ˈpreach

(saying) live or act the way you advise others to live or act: He’s always telling me to go on a diet, but he doesn’t practise what he preaches. He needs to lose weight too!
See also: practise, preach, what
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Jim Rhodes, of South Staffs, David Creamer, arguably the world's most fanatical practiser, and Scottish professional Bill Lockie are a shot ahead of him on 66, one behind is Horton and two behind is Tony Jacklin, who will call back a few memories this we ek.
Table 1 shows the anthropometric characteristics and arterial pressure indexes of total participants and of participants, divided into workplace exercises practisers and non-practisers.
In the first place, I am satisfied that some of those at present here are fugitives from justice in the United States, on account, no doubt, of their being practisers of Polygamy.
This is the territory of anti-Semitism where the historical examination of the delicate issue of whether the new Christians, conversos, were sincere converts or deceitful practisers of Crypto-Judaism becomes peculiarly difficult.
without their License, but those practisers who mis-administer
Comic effects depend to a large extent on a sufficient discrepancy between what some of these characters (pre-eminently the practisees or dupes) fail to be aware of and what some others (the practisers or tricksters) and the audience know.
One of their leaders, surveying the published attacks upon the movement, later condemned those writers who ridiculed believers' baptism: "Satan manifests his malice in throwing contempt upon the obedient and upright practisers of the same, to raise prejudices from a story of what strange Creatures were of that opinion at Munster in Germany, and stirs up others to pry into the dark side of the Saints, I mean their personal frailties.
38) John Cotta, A Short Discoverie of Severall Sorts of Ignorant Practisers (London, 1619, S.
His performances in the last three Majors - eighth at the US Open, seventh at the Open, first at the USPGA - were mega and although he has not competed for three weeks, he is one of the most assiduous practisers and will want to impress on his first start in Europe since becoming a Major champion.
32) A Short Discoverie of the Unobserved Dangers of Severall Sorts of Ignorant and Unconsiderate Practisers of Physicke in England (London, 1612), pp.
Are they not as good practisers of Bawderie, as inactors?
Of the world's greatest practisers, Singh might just be No 1; no-one has worked harder.