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bad workers always blame their tools

proverb If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, they will usually lay the blame on the quality of their equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for their own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, bad workers always blame their tools.
See also: always, bad, blame, tool, worker

if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is

If something seems more exciting, pleasing, or ideal than seems reasonable, then it likely isn't genuine, legitimate, or true. Yep, the bank made a mistake when they listed such a low asking price for the house. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is, right? A: "The car looks like it's in pristine condition. Can you believe they want to sell it for just $2,000?" B: "I don't know, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. I bet there's something wrong with it that they're not telling us."
See also: good, if, sound, to, usually

if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is

If something seems more exciting, pleasing, or ideal than seems reasonable, then it likely isn't genuine, legitimate, or true. Yep, the bank made a mistake when they listed such a low asking price for the house. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, right? A: "The car looks like it's in pristine condition. Can you believe they want to sell it for just $2,000?" B: "I don't know, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. I bet there's something wrong with it that they're not telling us."
See also: good, if, something, sound, to, usually
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But I have seen the palates of diners become much more sophisticated, and these diners usually seek us out, knowing that we pride ours elves in making sure that what we offer are the best cheeses in their class.
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First, this explains why terrorism and acts of war that kill civilians are usually thought to be unjustified while allowing for the possibility that war itself might be justified.
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Scientists who study such things can explain all the complex natural factors that set this annual cycle into motion, but most usually conclude it is probably "Gods will' as to the actual date the flow begins in earnest.
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If the host nation elects to proceed using FMS procedures, a letter of request (LOR) for defense articles and services is usually submitted through the U.S.
A shark usually swims with its mouth open to force oxygen-rich water to pass over a set of gills housed in a cavity behind its head--a process known as ramjet ventilation.
You can get an impressive low-end system for around $800, and it will usually come with a warranty, a manual, tutorials, technical support, and software.
The concussion can come from either a penetrating wound, which usually leads to highly localized brain damage; or from a blunt force trauma, which usually leads to diffuse axonal shearing and injury.
Unlike flu symptoms, which usually go away in a few days or weeks, CFS symptoms either hang on or come and go frequently for more than six months.