Any idiom do you know means like"we'll do this one time but the hard way"?

  • Does the question mean that you consider the 'right way' to be the 'hard way'? Nov 22, 2020 at 14:28
  • yes, we'll maybe struggle to do that job but in the end, we'll never spend time on that specific job
    – janeKoo0
    Nov 22, 2020 at 14:31
  • "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" from basketball coach John Wooden. Nov 22, 2020 at 14:35
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    It's not entirely clear what you want, but "If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well." Nov 22, 2020 at 14:37
  • If you will never spend time on that job, it is a lost cause. Nov 22, 2020 at 14:40

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I can immediately think of the following

Don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar. (Old saying. A ha'porth was a half-penny-worth - a small denomination of currency)

to be slow but sure

If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well (As mentioned by @Weather Vane)

A stitch in time saves nine (Traditional saying)

  • I also found "once and for all" almost similar.
    – janeKoo0
    Nov 22, 2020 at 15:51

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