Definition of more haste, less speed in US English:

more haste, less speed


  • You make better progress with a task if you don't try to do it too quickly.

    • ‘My mum used to tell me 'More Haste, Less Speed', mostly when I had made a mess of something by rushing.’
    • ‘More haste, less speed! The feverish hand often gives itself additional toil.’
    • ‘Doubtlessly the Government felt pressured on this front, and we were part of the push to implement the agency in question, but an attitude of ‘more haste, less speed’ may be counter-productive in this respect.’