семь раз отмерь, один отрежь

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Russian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • Literally: "measure seven times, cut off once" (e.g. when tailors cut cloth)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [sʲemʲ ras ɐtˈmʲerʲ | ɐˈdʲin ɐˈtrʲeʂ]

Proverb[edit]

семь раз отме́рь, оди́н отре́жь (semʹ raz otmérʹ, odín otréžʹ)

  1. look before you leap, better safe than sorry, to measure thrice and cut once, second thoughts are best