don't change horses in midstream

don't change horses in midstream
Meaning
Proverb.
Origin
From an 1864 speech by Abraham Lincoln. 'An old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that it was not best to swap horses in mid-stream.'

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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