Think Twice

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Think Twice

To think twice about something means to evaluate or consider something thoroughly; to think about something very carefully before doing it. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. ,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.

See also the opposite, not think twice.

Usage

This idiom is often used as a warning, as in “Think twice before doing that!”

Examples Of Use

“You’d better think twice before buying any of that meat off a truck. That stuff is garbage!”

“Let me warn you,” said the judge. “Think twice before lying in this courtroom. The consequences are grave.”

“I’d have to think twice before taking on such a large monthly payment,” said the man to the car salesman.

Origin

Used since the late 1800s, this idiom simply alludes to thinking about something again before doing it.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
3. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.