look before you leap

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Look before you leap definition


We should know what we are getting into before we commit ourselves.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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look before you leap

Think of the consequences before you act, as in You'd better check out all the costs before you buy a cellular phonelook before you leap. This expression alludes to Aesop's fable about the fox who is unable to climb out of a well and persuades a goat to jump in. The fox then climbs on the goat's horns to get out, while the goat remains trapped. [c. 1350]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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