First law of holes
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The meaning behind this proverb is that if you find yourself in an untenable position you should stop and change tack, rather than carry on exacerbating it. It has been cited numerous times by other politicians and in books.
- Apperson, George Latimer (2006). The Wordsworth dictionary of proverbs. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Ltd. p. 283. ISBN 978-1840223118.
- "Interview: Denis Healey; Healey's First law of holes is to stop digging". New Statesman 9. 8 November 1986.
- The Spectator (1 Dec 2001). "When you are in a hole, stop digging". Retrieved 28 Jun 2012.
- Quotations related to Denis Healey at Wikiquote