Stitched in Time
This little artiface, I imagine, was contrived purposely to make the sense abide the longer in the memory, by reason of its oddness and archness. As far as is known, the first person to state unambiguously that 'a stitch in time saves nine', rather than Fuller's less confident 'may save nine', was the English astronomer Francis Baily, in his Journal , written in and published in by Augustus De Morgan:.
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After a little while we acquired a method of keeping her [a boat] in the middle of the stream, by watching the moment she began to vary, and thereby verifying the vulgar proverb, '"A stitch in time saves nine. Home Search Phrase Dictionary A stitch in time saves nine.
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