change horses in midstream, don't

Also, don't swap horses in midstream. It's unwise to alter methods or choose new leaders during a crisis, as in I don't hold with getting a new manager right now—let's not swap horses in midstream. This expression was popularized (although not originated) by Abraham Lincoln in a speech in 1864 when he discovered that the National Union League was supporting him for a second term as President.

Nearby words

  1. changchun,
  2. changde,
  3. change,
  4. change down,
  5. change hands,
  6. change key,
  7. change of heart,
  8. change of life,
  9. change of pace,
  10. change of venue

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