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the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry

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The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry definition


No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it. The saying is adapted from a line in “To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns: “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley.”

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