(a) stitch in time (saves nine)

(a) stitch in time (saves nine)
a stitch in time (saves nine) spoken phrase
used for saying that it is better to solve a problem now, rather than leave it until later when it may be more difficult to deal with
Thesaurus: to try to deal with a problem or difficultysynonym
Main entry: stitch

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a stitch in ˈtime (saves ˈnine) idiom
(saying) it is better to deal with sth immediately because if you wait it may become worse or more difficult and cause extra work
Main entry:stitchidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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