he who hesitates is lost

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of he who hesitates is lost

used to say that it is important to make decisions and do things in a quick and definite way
  • I took my time and when I got to the store, they were all sold out. I guess "he who hesitates is lost."

Word by Word Definitions

he play
  1. : that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer — compare him, his, it, she, they

  2. used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified

  1. : a male person or animal

  2. : one that is strongly masculine or has strong masculine appeal

  1. : the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see Alphabet Table

  1. helium

hesitate play hesitates
  1. : to hold back in doubt or indecision

  2. : to delay momentarily : pause

  3. : stammer

lost play
  1. : not made use of, won, or claimed

  2. : no longer possessed

  3. : no longer known


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