waste not, want not

idiom

Definition of waste not, want not

used to say that if a person never wastes things he or she will always have what is needed

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“Waste not, want not.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waste%20not%2C%20want%20not. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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