Share this entry

Share this page

he who hesitates is lost

Definition of he who hesitates is lost in English:

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

Definition of he who hesitates is lost in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
noun
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure