more haste, less speed

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Etymology[edit]

The word speed is used here in the dated sense of “success, luck”, though probably with a pun on the sense “velocity”. Compare the same in Low German je gröter Hast, je minder Spood.

Proverb[edit]

more haste, less speed

  1. When one is in a hurry, one often ends up having less success and completes a task more slowly.

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  • George Latimer Apperson, Martin Manser, Dictionary of Proverbs, Wordsworth Editions, 2006, p. 394 [1]