pride cometh before a/the fall

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pride cometh before a/the fall

Having too much pride or confidence will cause one to make mistakes that lead to a setback or failure. The phrase is adapted from a verse in the Book of Proverbs in the Bible: "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." A: "He's so unwilling to delegate any responsibility to anyone else that I'm sure he's going to end up crumbling beneath all the pressure." B: "Well, pride cometh before the fall." A: "There's no way they'd fire me—I'm way too important to the company!" B: "Just be careful, Tom. Pride cometh before a fall, after all."
See also: before, fall, pride