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A stitch in time saves nine

Possible interpretation: Repair something as soon as it is damaged. That's a small repair job. If not, you will have a much bigger and more expensive repair job later. Do it now and you'll need one stitch. Do it later and you'll need 9 stitches!

Note: stitch (noun) = a link made with thread in sewing; | in time = not late | Why nine and not eight or ten? Perhaps because "nine" rhymes, approximately, with "time".

Quick Quiz:

Mary told her husband "a stitch in time saves nine" because she
  1. wanted to buy a new sewing machine
  2. wanted to get her car repaired immediately
  3. was afraid she would run out of time

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