Meaning of “waste not, want not” in the English Dictionary

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"waste not, want not" in British English

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waste not, want not

saying

said to advise someone not to waste anything, because they might need it in the future

(Definition of “waste not, want not” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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