a stitch in time (saves nine)

Definition of a stitch in time (saves nine)

used to say that it is better to fix a problem when it is small than to wait and let it become a bigger problem

Word by Word Definitions

stitch play
  1. : a local sharp and sudden pain especially in the side

  2. : one in-and-out movement of a threaded needle in sewing, embroidering, or suturing

  3. : a portion of thread left in the material or suture left in the tissue after one stitch

  1. : to fasten, join, or close with or as if with stitches

  2. : to make, mend, or decorate with or as if with stitches

  3. : to unite by means of staples

time play
  1. : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : duration

  2. : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

  3. : leisure

  1. : to arrange or set the time of : schedule

  2. : to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

  3. : to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. : of or relating to time

  2. : recording time

  3. : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment

save play saves
  1. : to deliver from sin

  2. : to rescue or deliver from danger or harm

  3. : to preserve or guard from injury, destruction, or loss

  1. : a play that prevents an opponent from scoring or winning

  2. : the action of a relief pitcher in baseball in successfully protecting a team's lead

  1. : other than : but, except

  1. : except for the fact that : only

  2. : but, except

nine play
  1. : a number that is one more than eight — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the ninth in a set or series

  3. : something having nine units or members: such as


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