dtàt = cut off
fai = fire
dtôn = beginning
lom = wind
Literal MeaningCut the fire at the beginning of the wind.
English ProverbA stitch in time saves nine
A forest fire. The wind is blowing, increasing the intensity and driving the fire further and further through the forest. Better by far to tackle the blaze before the wind has a chance to whip up the flames and make the fire spread, making it more difficult or impossible to defeat. Tackle and solve problems when they first appear, while they are still small enough to do something about them, otherwise they will only become worse and overwhelm you.
pûak rao dtông rêep dtàt fai sĭa dtàe dtôn lom ná mâi yàang nán bpan-hăa jà yài gern gâe
We must nip this problem in the bud, it will soon get totally out of hand.