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stolen fruit is sweetest

 and stolen pleasures are sweetest
Prov. People often enjoy illicit things just because they are illicit. To judge from the number of his extramarital affairs, John must believe that stolen pleasures are sweetest.
See also: fruit, stolen, sweet

lock the barn door after the horse has bolted

Also, lock the stable door after the horse is stolen. Take precautions after damage has occurred. For example, After the burglary they installed an alarm system, but it's locking the barn door, or Deciding to negotiate now after they've been fired-that's a matter of locking the stable door after the horse is stolen . These expressions of action that is useless because it comes too late have long been proverbs in many languages and first appeared in English in the mid-1300s.
See also: after, barn, bolt, door, horse, lock
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We also take it seriously when we receive calls about potential stolen material," he adds.
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Had the nursing administrator been given the gift of omniscience, she would have known that the stamps and all the other small items were stolen by the same person -- an aide named Julie.
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