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?
- bluebellbkkLv 71 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.
- MLLv 51 month ago
A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
- TheSicilianSageLv 71 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]