No hay que empezar la casa por el tejado

This phrase is used to indicate that you don’t have to start a task by the last step to reach the goal you want to achieve. In the literal sense of the phrase, if we want to build a house, it does not make sense to start from the roof, we will have to build from the bottom up. In the same way, each task has a more or less logical order.


When we tell someone who is “starting the house from the roof”we’re telling him that he is starting an activity that is already a bad entry.

Other Proverbs

Donde fueres, haz lo que vieres
En tierra de ciegos el tuerto es rey
A quien Dios se la dé, San Pedro se la bendiga
El que ríe el último, ríe mejor

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