an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
This expression means that is is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than trying to fix them once they arise.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — prevent a problem so you don t have to solve it, a stitch in time...    Forest fires deserve an ounce of prevention: public education in campfire safety …   English idioms

  • an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — proverb it s easier to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened …   Useful english dictionary

  • an ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept — A number of proverbs similar in form are illustrated below. An ounce used figuratively for ‘a small quantity’ is found in 1567 W. CECIL Letter in C. Read Mr. Secretary Cecil (1955) xxi. Marry [to be sure], an ounce of advice is more worth to be… …   Proverbs new dictionary

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  • Ounce — A measure of weight equal to 1/16th of a pound or, metrically, 28.35 grams. The abbreviation for ounce is oz. (An ounce of prevention is reputedly worth a pound of cure.) * * * A weight containing 480 g, or 112 pound troy and apothecaries weight …   Medical dictionary

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  • pre·ven·tion — /prıˈvɛnʃən/ noun [noncount] : the act or practice of stopping something bad from happening : the act of preventing something Exercise and diet play a role in the prevention of heart disease. crime/fire prevention (US) an ounce of prevention is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Precautionary principle — The precautionary principle is a moral and political principle which states that if an action or policy might cause severe or irreversible harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of a scientific consensus that harm would not… …   Wikipedia

  • Union Fire Company — The Union Fire Company, whose volunteers provided firefighting services to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1736 to 1871, was one of the first organized fire brigade in what would be come the the United States and the predecessor to the… …   Wikipedia

  • prevent — 01. Her parents tried to [prevent] her from marrying her boyfriend, but she went ahead with the wedding anyway. 02. A snowstorm [prevented] us from going out. 03. The scientist discovered a drug which has been quite successful in [preventing]… …   Grammatical examples in English

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