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Quit while you are ahead

DEFINITION

Further progress may be dangerous or tempt failure. The phrase typically refers to a gamble when someone is winning but the fear is that continued gambling may reverse any gains made. It also can refer to any other attempts for success that may end in failure.

“You’ve made over $200 on poker, you should quit now while you’re ahead otherwise you may lose it all.”

“You already got a raise this year, so I wouldn’t ask the boss for another yet, you should quit while you are ahead or you may force him to fire you.”

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