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best laid plans

A proverbial expression used to signify the futility of making detailed plans when the outcome is uncertain.

Etymology:

  • Shortened form of “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, translated from Scots “The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, / Gang aft agley,” from To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough by Robert Burns.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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am besten gelegte Pläne

los mejores planes

सबसे अच्छी निर्धारित योजना

최고의 계획

melhores planos

лучшие планы

சிறந்த திட்டங்கள்

en iyi planlar

بہترین منصوبہ بندی

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