Definition of he who hesitates is lost in English:

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he who hesitates is lost

proverb Delay or vacillation may have unfortunate or disastrous consequences.
Example sentences
  • Should Laois County Council be victorious in its bid to secure the international department store in Graiguecullen it would surely be a lesson to Carlow local authorities that he who hesitates is lost.
  • One of my favourite pieces was a beautiful still life by Kathleen Whelan, and whoever said ‘he who hesitates is lost’, definitely got it right.
  • I repeat silently to myself, he who hesitates is lost, then, I hang up.
See parent entry: hesitate
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