look before one leapsidiom (1)
Definition of look before one leaps
(Entry 1 of 2)
: 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.
look out for number oneidiom (2)
Definition of look out for number one (Entry 2 of 2)
: to think primarily about oneself and do what helps one most We don't want a senator who's (only/always) looking out for number one.
showing great care, attention, and effort
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Love words? Need even more definitions?Merriam-Webster unabridged
Words at Play
Ask the Editors
- On Contractions of Multiple Words
- A Look at Uncommon Onomatopoeia
- Is Singular 'They' a Better Choice?