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Acting too quickly may actually slow things down.

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What does haste makes waste mean?

Haste makes waste means that rushing things leads to mistakes or poor results.

The word waste is used to refer to such results. The result of working too fast might be that you end up having to throw out what you’ve done and start over.

The word haste most commonly refers to urgency, such as in completing a task. It can also be used as another word for speed or swiftness, as in We have to move with haste if we want to make it on time. This is how the word is used in the phrase make haste, which means to move quickly, hurry up, or rush.

Very often, though, haste means urgency or speed that is careless or reckless. This is how the word is used in haste makes waste. 

The adjective form hasty is most often used in this sense—a hasty decision is one that is thought to have been made too quickly, perhaps leading to negative consequences. The adverb form hastily is used to imply the same thing.

Example: Slow down and do it properly—haste makes waste, my friend.

Where does haste makes waste come from?

The first records of the phrase haste makes waste in that exact form come from the 1500s. It may originate from part of a longer proverb: “Haste makes waste, and waste makes want, and want makes strife between the goodman and his wife.”

Although most people haven’t heard this full expression, the phrase haste makes waste is commonly used by itself. It’s typically used when telling someone to slow down to avoid making mistakes or doing sloppy work.

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How is haste makes waste used in real life?

Haste makes waste is typically used in the context of telling someone to slow down because they are going to produce sloppy work.

 

 

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What does the word haste mean in haste makes waste?

A. attention to detail
B. thoroughness
C. rushing
D. slowness

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Other Idioms and Phrases with Haste makes waste

haste makes waste

Proceeding too quickly can spoil an enterprise, as in Stop trying to rush through three things at once—haste makes waste, you know. This rhyming warning, first recorded in this exact form in 1575, was in John Ray's 1678 proverb collection, where the full text was: “Haste makes waste, and waste makes want, and want makes strife between the goodman and his wife.”

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