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Forewarned is forearmed

If we are warned beforehand that something is going to happen we are able to take all necessary steps in advance.

‘A little bird has told me,’ said the work manager, ‘that the factory inspector is visiting us on Thursday, which gives ua a chance to make sure the guards and lifting gear are all OK before he arrives. They’re very hot on these safety regulations, and I hate being taken by
surprise.’

‘Forewarned,’ grinned the foreman, ‘is forearmed.’