rome wasn't built in a day

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Rome wasn't built in a day definition


Valuable projects take time.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Rome wasn't built in a day

Important work takes time. This expression functions as an injunction or plea for someone to be patient. For example, You can't expect her to finish this project in the time allotted; Rome wasn't built in a day. This phrase was a French proverb in the late 1100s but was not recorded in English until 1545.

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