the best-laid plans

the best-laid plans

Said when something ends poorly or differently than expected, despite preparations for success. It is an abbreviated version of the full proverb "the best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray." I always thought our marriage was stable and that we'd be together forever. I guess it's true what they say, though, the best-laid plans and all that. A: "I've been working on this project for six months, and now, right before it's due, they tell me they want something completely different." B: "That's rough. The best-laid plans, I suppose."
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Despite the best-laid plans of Genoves, his nautical trial didn't unfold as anticipated.
"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." But (https://www.strategy-business.com/blog/How-to-Fail-Successfully) learning how to improvise in a structured manner will help ensure the big bumps in the road don't throw you completely off course, says consultant Adam Kahane in a recent blog posting on strategy+business.
THE best-laid plans of a young woman called Maggie go awry in this New York comedy of manners.
The best-laid plans, though, are not always successful.
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That the best-laid plans of western peace-makers and democratizers are often thwarted by existing cultural norms is widely recognized today.
He told the jury: "Here we go again, we have real life interfering in the best-laid plans."
The best-laid plans to pull the rug from under the silky Spanish evaporated in Gdansk last night - it was simply too big an ask for our battling Boys in Green.
We're not remotely surprised that the best-laid plans of these two-dimensional men are undone by cruel fate or that common sense is flung overboard for the sake of an adrenaline-fuelled action sequence.
But we all know what happens to the best-laid plans...
Trapattoni's men put in a gritty group campaign, drawing twice with Italy, and they might yet upset the best-laid plans of the bean-counters.
"Even the best-laid plans need to be fluid and flexible when a new virus emerges and starts changing the rules," she said.
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But from the moment Terry was sent off in the first half for a high tackle on Leon Osman, the best-laid plans of the west Londoners were in tatters.
Sometimes even the best-laid plans can go up in flames, or perhaps the occasional finely crafted Italian sports car, as one U.K.
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