look before one leaps

Definition of look before one leaps

:to think or learn about the possible bad results of an action before doing it
  • If you're planning to invest in your friend's company, I advise you to look before you leap.

Word by Word Definitions

look play
  1. : to make sure or take care (that something is done)

  2. : to ascertain by the use of one's eyes

  3. : to exercise the power of vision upon : examine

  1. : the act of looking

  2. : glance

  3. : the expression of the countenance

before play
  1. : in advance : ahead

  2. : at an earlier time

  1. : forward of : in front of

  2. : in the presence of

  3. : under the jurisdiction or consideration of

  1. : earlier than the time that

  2. : sooner or quicker than

  3. : so that … do not

leap play leaps
  1. : to spring free from or as if from the ground : jump

  2. : to pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

  3. : to act precipitately

  1. : an act of leaping : spring, bound

  2. : a place leaped over or from

  3. : the distance covered by a leap


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