Is there any idiom or proverb in English that explains when someone put the first step/stone wrong, the rest of job will not end well?

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  • 1 month ago

    Perhaps the old saying:

    For want of a nail the shoe was lost;

    For want of a shoe the horse was lost;

    For want of a horse the battle was lost;

    For the loss of the battle the kingdom was lost -

    And all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.

    Note that in this context "want" means "lack" or "absence".

    In the first line a horse loses its shoe because one nail was missing, a nail that should have held the shoe firmly to the horse's hoof.

    The absence of that one tiny nail led in the end to the loss of the whole kingdom.

  • ML
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    A bad beginning makes a bad ending.

  • 1 month ago

    build on sand (proverb)

    Use an unstable foundation, as in If you buy nothing but high-risk stocks, your portfolio will be built on sand. This metaphor appears in the New Testament, where Jesus likens those who do not heed his sayings to a foolish man who builds his house on sand, which then is washed away by rain, flood, and wind (Matthew 7:24-27). [c. 1600]

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