Definition of The Tortoise and the Hare from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Tortoise and the Hare

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one of the best known of Aesop's Fables. It tells the story of a race between a tortoise (= a creature that moves very slowly) and a hare (= a creature that can run very fast). The hare is very confident of winning, so it stops during the race and falls asleep. The tortoise continues to move very slowly but without stopping and finally it wins the race. The moral lesson of the story is that you can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily than by acting quickly and carelessly.