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cheap at twice the price
Remarkably or exceedingly inexpensive (as in, even if you doubled the price, it would still be a good value). Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I got a brand new three-piece suit for 50 bucks—cheap at twice the price!
once or twice
Only a few times. A: "Have you ever been to Chinatown in New York?" B: "Once or twice; not enough to really get to know the place."
a stopped clock is right twice a day
Even people who are usually wrong can be right sometimes, even if just by accident. From the idea that the stationary hands of a broken clock will still display the correct time at two points during the 24-hour cycle. I know you're sick of Gran's lectures and think she's out of touch, but you can learn a lot from her. Just keep in mind that even a stopped clock is right twice a day! A: "You know how I feel about the president, but even I think he's right this time." B: "Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."
buy cheap, buy twice
If something is inexpensive, it is probably poorly made or will wear out quickly (and one will have to purchase it again). A: "I need to save some money, so I think I'm just going to buy this cheap cell phone." B: "I'd be wary if I were you. You'll probably end up spending more money—buy cheap, buy twice, and all that."
measure twice and cut once
An axiom that encourages careful first steps in order to avoid extra work later on. I have to go back to the store because I cut the wrong size out of my last piece of material. "Measure twice and cut once" should be my new motto!
measure twice, cut once
An axiom that encourages careful first steps in order to avoid extra work later on. I have to go back to the store because I cut the wrong size out of my last piece of material. "Measure twice, cut once" should be my new motto!
lightning doesn't strike twice
Something that's very extraordinary and unlikely to happen will never happen to the same person twice. (Said especially of tragic or unfortunate events.) I know you're scared to go back on a plane after that crash, but lightning doesn't strike twice.
not think twice about (something)
To do something hastily and recklessly, without worrying or stopping to consider the consequences. She didn't think twice about getting on the train and going to Spain with him. When life gives you great opportunities, you can't think twice about seizing hold of them.
Once bitten, twice shy.
Once one is hurt by someone or something, one will be extra cautious to avoid that person or thing. I've learned my lesson from dating actors—once bitten, twice shy. The company's brief but disastrous attempt was enough for them to vow never to venture into the mobile phone market again. Once bitten, twice shy.
*big as life (and twice as ugly)and *large as life (and twice as ugly); bigger than life (and twice as ugly)
Cliché a colorful way of saying that a person or a thing appeared, often surprisingly or dramatically, in a particular place. (*Also: as ~.) The little child just stood there as big as life and laughed very hard. I opened the door, and there was Tom as large as life. I came home and found this cat in my chair, as big as life and twice as ugly.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Prov. After being tricked once, one should be wary, so that the person cannot trick you again. Fred: Would you like a can of peanuts? Jane: The last can of peanuts you gave me had a toy snake in it. Fred: This one really is peanuts. Jane: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
He gives twice who gives quickly.
Prov. When someone asks you for something, it is more helpful to give something right away than to wait, even if you might be able to give more if you waited. Morris didn't have all the money his sister asked for, but he sent what he had immediately, knowing that he gives twice who gives quickly.
Lightning never strikes (the same place) twice.
Prov. The same highly unlikely thing never happens to the same person twice. Jill: I'm scared to drive ever since that truck hit my car. Alan: Don't worry. Lightning never strikes the same place twice. It's strange, but I feel safer since my apartment was robbed; I figure lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Once bitten, twice shy.
Prov. When something or someone has hurt you once, you tend to avoid that thing or person. Jill: Let's go ride the roller coaster. Jane: No, thanks. I got really sick on one of those once—once bitten, twice shy. I once sent in money for something I saw advertised in the back of a magazine, but the merchandise was of such poor quality I was sorry I'd bought it. I'll never buy anything that way again; once bitten, twice shy.
think twice about someone or something
to give careful consideration to someone or something. Ed may be a good choice, but I suggest that you think twice about him. You will want to think twice about it.
think twice (before doing something)
to consider carefully whether one should do something; to be cautious about doing something. You should think twice before quitting your job. That's a serious decision, and you should certainly think twice.
big as life
Also, large as life. In person, as in And there was Mary, big as life, standing right in front of me. This phrase transfers the same size as in real life (life-size) to an actual appearance. Sometimes this term is embellished with and quite as natural, presumably alluding to a likeness of a person or thing that closely resembles the real thing. A similar addition is and twice as natural, which doesn't make sense. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, larger than life; big as all outdoors. On a grand scale, as in The soap opera could well be called a larger-than-life drama, or That friend of his was as big as all outdoors. This phrase can be used either literally, for larger than life-size (second example) or figuratively. The phrase all outdoors has been used to compare something or someone to an immensity since the early 1800s.
cheap at twice the price
Very inexpensive, a good value for the money. For example, Pete got a $3,000 rebate on his new car-it was cheap at twice the price. For a synonym see dirt cheap.
lightning never strikes twice in the same place
The same misfortune will never recur, as in Go ahead and try your luck investing in options again; lightning never strikes twice. This saying is based on a long-standing myth, which has been proved to be untrue. Nevertheless, it is so well known it is often shortened, as in the example. [Mid-1800s]
once bitten, twice shy
Once hurt, one is doubly cautious in the future, as in He was two days late last time, so she's not hiring him again-once bitten, twice shy. This seemingly old observation, presumably alluding to an animal biting someone, was first recorded in 1894.
1. Reconsider something, weigh something carefully, as in I've got to think twice before spending that much on a car. [Late 1800s]
2. not think twice. Take no notice, not worry about, as in She didn't think twice about flying off to Europe with a day's notice. [Mid-1900s]
once bitten, twice shyor
You say once bitten, twice shy to mean that a bad experience makes you not want to become involved in a similar situation in the future. I'm certainly not looking for a new boyfriend. Once bitten, twice shy. Tokyo's punters, once bitten, twice shy, will not come rushing back for more.
lightning doesn't strike twiceor
lightning never strikes twice
You say that lightning does not strike twice or lightning never strikes twice to say that someone who has been very lucky or unlucky is unlikely to have the same good or bad luck again. They say lightning doesn't strike twice but it did with Wanganeen following up his match-winning form with another great performance. It was as if Sara was somehow protected by the old `lightning never strikes twice' rule. Note: You can also say that lightning strikes twice or that lightning strikes again when someone does have the same good or bad luck again. Lightning struck twice as he scored again — his fifth goal in three games over the Christmas period. Then, several years later, lightning struck again. Her other son Stephen died suddenly at the age of 13.
COMMON If you think twice about doing something, you consider it again and usually decide not to do it. She'd better shut her mouth and from now on think twice before saying stupid things. If they don't enjoy the experience, they will think twice before they visit again. Note: If you say that someone doesn't think twice or wouldn't think twice about doing something, you mean that they would do it without hesitating. Plenty of villains don't think twice about hitting a woman.
lightning never strikes twicethe same calamity never occurs twice.
This expression refers to the popular belief that lightning never strikes the same spot twice.
1983 Penelope Lively Perfect Happiness It's nasty, isn't it?…Having to go to the same airport. Though in a way you can't help thinking well lightning never strikes twice.
once bitten, twice shya bad experience makes you wary of the same thing happening again.
This expression dates from the late 19th century. A variant common in the USA is once burned, twice shy .
think twiceconsider a course of action carefully before embarking on it.
be twice the man or woman that someone isbe much better or stronger than someone.
ˌlightning never strikes (in the same place) ˈtwice(saying) an unusual or unpleasant event is not likely to happen in the same place or to the same person twice
ˌonce ˈbitten, ˌtwice ˈshy(saying) if something has gone wrong once, you are very careful not to let something similar happen again: ‘Will she marry again, do you think?’ ‘I doubt it — once bitten, twice shy.’
ˌonce or ˈtwicea few times: I don’t know her well, I’ve only met her once or twice.
(not) think ˈtwice about something/about doing something(not) think carefully before deciding to do something; (not) hesitate: You should think twice about employing someone you’ve never met. ♢ If they offered me a job abroad, I wouldn’t think twice about taking it!
be ˈtwice the man/woman (that somebody is)be much better, stronger, healthier, etc. than somebody or than before: How dare you criticize him? He’s twice the man that you are!
twice ˈovernot just once but twice: There was enough of the drug in her stomach to kill her twice over.
cheap at twice the price
To weigh something carefully: I'd think twice before spending all that money on clothes.