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  1. if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail(Proverb)

    With limited tools, single-minded people apply them inappropriately or indiscriminately

  2. if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail(Proverb)

    If a person is familiar with a certain, single subject/has with them a certain, single instrument, they may have a confirmation bias to believe that it is the answer to/involved in everything.

  3. Origin: Likely traditional. In this form, perhaps from Abraham Maslow, The Psychology of Science, 1966, p. 15 and his earlier book


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