waste not, want not


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Waste not, want not.

Prov. Cliché If you do not waste anything, you will always have enough. Always save the fabric scraps left over from your sewing projects; you can use them to make something else. Waste not, want not. Sam never let his leftovers spoil in the refrigerator but made sure to eat them. "Waste not, want not," he said.
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waste not, want not

Wise use of one's resources will keep one from poverty. For example, I just hate to throw out good food-waste not, want not. This proverbial saying was first recorded in 1772 but had an earlier, even more alliterative version, willful waste makes woeful want (1576).
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waste not, want not

if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance you will never be in need. proverb
In this expression, want can be understood to mean either ‘lack’ or ‘desire’ according to the context.
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ˌwaste not, ˈwant not

(saying) if you never waste anything, for example food or money, you will have it when you need it: Come on, finish your food, children. Waste not, want not!
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