Expression idiomatique en anglais: Haste makes waste

26 janvier 2017 - Anglais : ressources

Haste makes waste


If you do things too quickly, you can make mistakes.


  • Try not to rush through things even though you are in a hurry. After all, haste makes waste.
  • You need to check these files carefully. Do not try to finish them too quickly – remember haste makes waste.
  • I’d rather miss the deadline and submit a good report than rush through it and make one full of errors. After all, haste makes waste.


The idea that haste is counterproductive is an ancient one and can be found int he Book of Wisdom in 190 BC. by Jesus Ben Sirachn wich contained the line « There is one that toileth and laboureth, and maketh haste, and is so much more behind ».

Centuries later, Chaucer wrote in Canterbury Tales (c.1387) « In wikked haste is not profit ».

This exact phrase, however, occurs much later and the first recorded instance is in 1575.

It is also found in John Ray’s 1678 proverb collection:

« Haste makes waste, and waste makes want, and want makes strife between the Goodman ans his wife »


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