prevention is better than cure


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prevention is better than cure

proverb Work to stop something from happening is easier and better than having to try to resolve it later. Unless you want to be violently ill for days, get the flu shot now—prevention is better than cure, you know.
See also: better, cure, prevention
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Prevention is better than cure.

Prov. It is better to try to keep a bad thing from happening than it is to fix the bad thing once it has happened. (See also An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.) If we spend more money on education, so that children learn to be responsible citizens, we won't have to spend so much money on prisons. Prevention is better than cure.
See also: better, cure, prevention
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

preˌvention is better than ˈcure

(British English) (American English an ounce of preˌvention is better than a pound of ˈcure) (saying) it is better to stop something bad from happening rather than try to deal with the problems after it has happened: Remember that prevention is better than cure, so brush your teeth at least twice a day and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
See also: better, cure, prevention
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