Before

miles to go before I sleep

Meaning: you have a lot to do before you can rest

Example: We need to get all of these files completed before anyone leaves. There are miles to go before I sleep. Read on

learn to walk before you run

Meaning: to take smaller steps initially

Example: The plan will gradually get the company the revenue that they need to sustain in this market but you need to learn to walk before you run. Read on

look before you leap

Meaning: to make sure that everything is alright before doing something important which you cannot revert

Example: You better check out the costs that you will have to incur through the duration of this lawsuit before filling it. It is always better to look before you leap. Read on

before one can say Jack Robinson

Meaning: very suddenly

Example: I wanted to have a meaningful conversation with him when he was back from work but he was gone before I could say Jack Robinson. Read on

don’t count your chickens before they hatch

Meaning: do not count on something that has not yet happened

Example: Before committing to make the payment, wait till you receive the money from the bank. Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Read on

the calm before the storm

Meaning: an extremely peaceful atmosphere right before any serious incident or crisis

Example: The family's meeting on property dispute begins today and I'm just sitting down with a cup of coffee, enjoying the calm before the storm. Read on

put the cart before the horse

Meaning: to do things in the wrong order or sequence

Example: Aren't you putting the cart before the horse in decorating your new office? You haven't even been awarded the job yet. Read on

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mumbo jumbo

Meaning: Something that does not make sense.

Example: I do not believe in this mumbo jumbo, human life should be valued far more than some ritual that one is not willing to forego. Read on

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