This sentence of the "Am ende" lyric belonging to 'OK Kid' doesn't make sense for me:

lieber voll verkacken als schon im Ansatz scheiße.

Apparently it has a vulgar utterance literally, but I want to know to what verkacken and scheiße point in the background not only literally?

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This are not really metaphors, just idioms:

etwas verkacken = to screw up s.th.

Kacke = shit, crap

etwas ist scheiße = s.th. is shitty

ansetzen = to start doing something

im Ansatz = at the outset, from the beginning (and other meanings)

So one could translate it as

It's better to totally screw something up then to do it shittily from the beginning

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